What is known about the bomb shelter under Azot in Severodonetsk?

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Half of the city's residents hide from shelling of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) in the bomb shelters of the chemical plant "Azot" in Severodonetsk  . About this correspondent of “Izvestia” told a married couple from Severodonetsk Yulia Skurigina andValery Boychenkov (former workers of a private enterprise located on the territory of Azot).

“There are very large bomb shelters at Azot, most of the city is sitting there,” Yulia said.

How big are Azot's bomb shelters?

According to Yulia Skurigina, huge bomb shelters are located on the territory of the enterprise, which allow to cover not only a large number of people, but also various equipment, including cars and tanks. Underground roads have been built for the movement of vehicles in the industrial zone.

“There are military bomb shelters where even tanks call in. Plant — it's a big city, a car can drive underground there,” — noted in an interview with Izvestia Julia.

How many citizens will hide in the Azot bomb shelters?

According to the information of the Ambassador of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) to Russia Rodion Miroshnik, in the bomb shelters of “Azot” there may be up to 500 civilians. In addition, there are still civilians on the territory of the plant (their number is not specified) who are hiding “in other parts of the plant”, the ambassador wrote in his Telegram channel.  

From open sources it is known that the population of Severodonetsk in 2019 was about 103 thousand people.  

According to a resident of Severodonetsk Valery Boychenkov, in the bomb shelters of “Azot” mostly employees of the chemical enterprise are sitting there.

“Working people went there. They know what to do, which valves to close in order to prevent the nitrogen from flowing, "mdash; told "Izvestia" Valeriy.

According to the man, he and his wife hid from Ukrainian shelling from February to June in the basement at Druzhby Narodiv Street, 30. 

“We all had recumbents. No water, no light. Recently, not only houses, even roofs have not been left. We, when driving along the road, saw houses and green plants. We were just hysterical, we have never seen anything like this in our lives. All the doors in our entrances were broken by the Ukrainians, in all the apartments», – said Yulia Skurigina.

According to the woman, when she asked the Ukrainian military why the Ukrainian military breaks all the doors in the apartments, she was told that “it’s supposed to be so.”

What time is it now at the Azot plant Ukrainian soldiers?

According to Rodion Miroshnik, about 300-400 Ukrainian militants are currently blocked at the “Azot” plant.

“They may still have several hundred civilians hostage. <…> The militants are trying to put forward demands – to give them the opportunity to leave the territory of the chemical plant together with the hostages and to provide a corridor for crossing to Lisichansk. Such demands are unacceptable and will not be discussed, — said the DPR Ambassador to Russia.

He stressed that contact has been established with the militants, negotiations are underway on the safe exit of civilians from the territory of the plant.

When will organized a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of civilians from "Azot"? 

According to  the head of the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine – Head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, for the evacuation of civilians from the territory of the Azot plant, with which the nationalist battalions are covered as a "human shield", it is planned to organize a humanitarian  ;corridor June 15, 2022.

"For this from 08:00 (Moscow time) to 20:00 (Moscow time) a humanitarian corridor is opened to the north (to the city of Svatovo, Luhansk People's Republic). At the same time, it is guaranteed safe evacuation of all, without exception, civilians and their movement as part of humanitarian convoys to temporary accommodation points, — Mizintsev said.

He also proposed to the militants of the nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries who are at the enterprises, on June 15 from 08:00 (Moscow time) to stop any hostilities and release the civilians they are holding through this humanitarian corridor, and also to stop " senseless resistance and lay down their arms».

«The Russian Federation guarantees the preservation of life and compliance with all the norms of the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war, as happened with those who had previously surrendered in Mariupol», —  Mizintsev emphasized.

What is known about the Azot plant?

Plant “Nitrogen” (private joint-stock company «Severodonetsk Association Azot») — one of the largest enterprises of the chemical industry in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, founded on February 16, 1951 in the city of Severodonetsk.

Since 2011, the plant has been part of the Ostchem Holding chemical holding. The main direction of the company's work is & nbsp; production of mineral nitrogen fertilizers. 

Production capacity of the plant:  

  • liquid ammonia – 1020 thousand tons per year;
  • ammonium nitrate – 550 thousand tons per year;
  • urea (urea) – 390 thousand tons per year;
  • methanol – 190 thousand tons per year;
  • acetic acid – 150 thousand tons per year;
  • technical water ammonia – 60 thousand tons per year.

According to Ostchem Holding, the plant employs 6,700 people. The plant sold its products to 129 countries of the world. Its revenues for 2012-2014 amounted to more than 12.1 billion hryvnias (more than 23 billion rubles). 

Sources: iz.ru, ren.tv , tvzvezda.ru, t.me

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