Russia's Defence Ministry accused Ukrainian authorities of preparing an attack at a chemical plant that no longer exists
The Khimprom plant exists only on maps and was destroyed a decade ago
The Russian Defence Ministry earlier this week announced that Ukraine is preparing an attack on a chemical plant in the city of Pervomaisky, Kharkiv region. Journalists at the Russian media outlet The Insider found out that such a factory was shut down years ago.
On April 6, the spokesman for Russia’s Ministry of Defence, Major General Igor Konashenkov, reported that SBU officers mined a storage facility with 120 tons of chlorine. “This repository is planned to be blown up to accuse the Russian Armed Forces of allegedly creating a chemical disaster that caused the death of local residents,” Konashenkov said, noting that this is “confirmed information.”
Russian media outlet The Insider, using online maps, confirmed that there is a Khimprom plant in Pervomaisky, to which there are access railway tracks. At the same time, both Google Maps and Yandex.Maps show that all industrial buildings have been destroyed.
A decade ago, Ukrainian media reported that the Khimprom state enterprise in Pervomaisky began liquidation in 2012, and in 2013 an explosion of one of the plant’s workshops was published. Now the enterprise is closed, the buildings of the workshops have been demolished, and the railway tracks to them have been dismantled.
The following is the announcement by Russia’s defence ministry that was breaking news across all Russian state media outlets.