As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, local resident Kateryna Pyvovar has told the Ukrainian-based Hromadske media outlet by phone that a certain chemical odor appeared in the town on the morning of Oct. 10. She and her children were taken to hospital with complaints of eye and nose irritation. She says the doctor's diagnosis was a chemical-related allergy.
"The doctor wrote that it was an allergic reaction to toxic substances," she said. The doctor prescribed an antihistamine drug and medicines to remove toxins from the body, she said. The doctor recommended leaving the town, she added.
Residents of Armyansk say that this is not the first incident after the state of emergency had been cancelled. Social network users also report new evidence of chemical leaks: "There has been brown liquid precipitation on the balcony accompanied by a smell of acid this morning again," Serhiy Samarin said in his social media post.
On Sept. 3, the media reported that in the past week the Ukrainian border guards in Kherson region who are protecting the administrative border with temporarily occupied Crimea had repeatedly recorded cases of toxic chemical emissions allegedly from the Titan Plant located in the occupied peninsula.
According to the Azov-Black Sea regional department of the State Border Service, the military detected toxic substances in the air with chemical detectors once again near the Chaplynka checkpoint. The border guards informed the local authorities, law enforcement agencies and evacuated personnel from areas exposed to chemical contamination.
In addition, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights of Residents of Crimea and Sevastopol Ismail Khalikov said on Facebook that there was a leak of unknown chemical substance in the north of Crimea in the early hours of August 24.
On August 30, Crimean environmentalists and experts concluded that the cause behind the environmental disaster could be evaporation of acid at the Titan Plant due to abnormal heat and the absence of water in the North Crimean Canal. The towns of Armyansk and Yany Kapu are most affected: all metal items are covered with rust, there is a persistent odor of acid, and dead birds are occasionally found on the ground.
The Russian-controlled local authorities announced that the Crimean Titan Plant had been halted for two weeks, and the evacuation of children from Armyansk to Crimean resorts had begun, the Krym.Realii news outlet said. The concentration of sulfurous acid anhydride has exceeded the norm, they said.