Russia Blames Ukraine For Ammonia Pipeline Sabotage

The Russian Defense Ministry blames Ukraine for the sabotage of the Tolyatti-Odesa ammonia pipeline in the northeastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine.

Moscow has accused Ukraine of blowing up the Tolyatti-Odesa pipeline in a new act of “sabotage” targeting vital Russian infrastructure. It is the longest ammonia pipeline in the world, at some 2,500km, and Russia utilizes it to export the industrial chemical, which is a core component of fertilizer, among other products.

A Wednesday statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said “A Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group blew up the Tolyatti-Odesa ammonia pipeline” outside the village of Masyutovka in the northeastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine.

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The sabotage reportedly occurred Monday evening, with photos and footage subsequently appearing on social media which show a chemical leak and thick, white haze of smoke leaking from the pipeline.

The defense ministry cited injuries from the dangerous chemical leak:

“As a result of this terrorist act, there are victims among the civilian population. They received the necessary medical care,” the MoD said.

Ukrainian officials have acknowledged the damaged pipeline, but have instead put the blame on Russia, alleging its forces shelled it.

Some open-source intelligence analysts suggest that the Kakhovka Dam may have collapsed on its own due to ‘unprecedentedly high’ levels of water in the reservoir.

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