Government to punish guilty with toxic catastrophe near Lviv

12:20, 18 July 2007
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 “We managed to avoid a worse situation” - Yanukovych

The government will make a decision concerning the responsibility of those guilty with the catastrophe near Lviv after the investigation and technical expertises are completed.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Prime Minister of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych claimed this to a government session today.

“This is a resonant catastrophe, and we should make conclusions, but only after we receive information from experts, law-enforcement agencies, scientists, including owners of the cisterns – the Kazakh companies, which was transporting phosphorus to Poland”, he said.

The Prime Minister noted that the fire has been extinguished at the scene.

“At present the main task is the liquidation of catastrophe consequences”, he stressed.

Victor Yanukovych also pointed out that they “managed to avoid a worse situation”.

“If we find the guilty – they will be punished in line with the law”, Victor Yanukovych emphasized.

As UNIAN reported earlier, about 20 people were sickened and hundreds more fled their homes when a train derailed and caught fire Ukraine, sending a toxic cloud roiling overhead. The train was making its way from Kazakhstan to Poland when it jumped the tracks at Lviv Monday, spilling phosphorous that ignited when it came in contact with the air

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