Moscow. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday that Ukrainian forces blew up the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline in the Kharkov region on the evening of June 5. . Many civilians were injured in this attack. Russian news agency Tass (TASS) reported this.
General Igor Konashenkov said that on June 5 at around 9:00 pm (Moscow time), a Ukrainian destroyer and reconnaissance group blew up the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline near Maksyutovka in the Kharkov region. Many civilians were injured as a result of this terrorist act. The general said that medical assistance has been provided to the injured civilians.
According to the report, Konashenkov said that ammonia residues are currently being drained through damaged pipeline sections in Ukrainian territory. There have been no casualties among the Russian army personnel. On the Kupyansk side, Russian forces destroyed more than 50 Ukrainian soldiers, three armored fighting vehicles, two motor vehicles and an American-made Paladin self-propelled artillery gun in the past 24 hours, he said.
Earlier, Oleg Sinegubov, the head of the region’s military administration, said on Tuesday that a day earlier the news agency Tass had reported several explosions near the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline in the Kupyansk district of the Kharkov region. According to Sinegubov, six explosions were reported near a pumping station in Maksyutovka village. He wrote on his Telegram channel, currently there is no ammonia in the air. The situation is under control. On Monday, they reported low pressure in an ammonia pipeline in the Kupyansk district.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said on Tuesday that the pipeline would be restored “if necessary”. The resumption of operation of the Togliatti-Odessa ammonia pipeline is part of a package deal to export Ukrainian grain to the Black Sea. The news agency reported that on May 18, the agreement related to sending the grain was extended for two months.
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