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Luhansk region: Russian troops once again struck a tank of dangerous nitric acid

Saturday, 9 April 2022, 19:22
Luhansk region: Russian troops once again struck a tank of dangerous nitric acid

Kateryna Tyshchenko – Saturday, 9 April 2022, 17:42

Russian troops near Rubizhne in the Luhansk region once again struck a tank containing nitric acid, which is dangerous for humans.

Source: Serhiy Haidai, Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, on Facebook

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According to Haidai: "Another chemical attack! The orcs have once again hit a tank of nitric acid near Rubizhne."

Details: Haidai urged local residents to remain sheltered and to close all doors and windows wherever they are.

"Effects on humans: nitric acid is dangerous when it is inhaled, swallowed, or comes into direct contact with skin or mucous membranes. Acid fumes irritate the respiratory tract. Symptoms of mild poisoning include bronchitis, mild bronchiolitis, dizziness, and drowsiness; severe poisoning may result in pulmonary edema. Gas masks may be used for protection against nitric acid vapours and mists," he said.

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Haidai urged people to prepare protective face masks soaked in a soda solution.

Nitric acid can cause severe damage to the eyes (if it comes into direct contact with the eyes), including extensive necrosis of the cornea and conjunctiva, and leading to vision loss.

If nitric acid gets in your eyes, rinse them under running water for 10-30 minutes. In case of contact with the skin, wash the affected area with a solution of water and baking soda and with soap. If you  swallow nitric acid, gastric lavage with plenty of water is indicated.

Background: On 5 April, Russian troops had already struck a tank containing nitric acid in Rubizhne.

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