Threats of prosecution to silence protest over new toxic emissions from Crimean Titanium factory
Amid mounting concern over new toxic emissions from the Crimean Titanium factory in Russian-occupied Armyansk, Kateryna Pyvovar called on other mothers to join her in at the city administration building to demand a meeting with its head, Vasily Telyzhenko. Within a few hours, police
According to Pyvovar, the police officers, accompanied by a person from the prosecutor’s office, pulled no punches, saying “Stay at home. Why get yourself problems?”. She told them to prosecute her then and there as she did not plan to stay at home. The meeting with the Mayor did, in fact, take place, though it achieved nothing.
Pyvovar says that she has been depicted as a ‘Ukrainian provocateur’ in the media. According to Crimean activist
Like after the toxic leakage during the night from 23-24 August, most information about the impact upon people’s lives and health has come from social media. As reported, it took the occupation authorities two weeks to even evacuate pre-school and schoolchildren, while still trying to avoid words like ‘evacuation’.
With children having been returned to the city, and the ‘Armyansk Day’ festivities, which had to be cancelled in September rescheduled for 12 October, it was clear that the occupation regime did not want to hear about new problems.
That reluctance to know and refusal to react cannot change the facts, and certainly a large number of people have taken to social media again,
Pyvovar has four children and
She has decided for her family that they will leave the city since she does not expect the city ‘authorities’ to take any measures. This, she says, is what the doctors tell them: “If you want to help your children, leave the city”.
As reported, even after waiting two weeks, until 3-4 September, before evacuating children, it still took a second apparent release of toxic emissions before the occupation authorities
Those in affected areas had reported a yellowish fog over the city and that things were covered in an oily slimy substance. From the rust appearing on metallic items, environmentalist Margarita Litvinenko
It is likely that the substance released, at least then, was a sulphur anhydride which, combined with water, can turn into sulphuric acid. The anhydride causes respiratory problems, irritation to the eyes and throat, allergic rashes and other reactions.
The release was probably caused by the retention basin near the plant drying up. This previously received water from the Dnipro River.
The Internet publication Primechania
Russia’s claim that Crimea was ‘always Russian’ can be refuted on historical grounds, but also conflicts with the number of practical reasons why Crimea always was and remains organically part of Ukraine. One such reason is that around 80 percent of the fresh water required for Crimean agriculture (and, it transpires, a major chemical factory) comes from mainland Ukraine.