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Ukraine: Firefighters tackle flames in exclusion zone around Chernobyl00:37

Ukraine: Firefighters tackle flames in exclusion zone around Chernobyl

Ukraine, Kiev region
April 07, 2020 at 11:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Firefighters continued extinguishing two forest fires in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station on Tuesday.

The Ukrainian State Emergency Situations Service (SES) announced that “the situation was completely under control”, adding that 120 firefighters backed by 29 units equipment including planes and helicopters were involved in the operation.

The service said that no increase in radiation in the air had been detected in the capital Kiev or the city of Chernobyl.

However, on Sunday the head of Ukraine’s State Ecological Inspection Service, Yegor Firsov, wrote on Facebook that the radiation level has spiked 16 times above normal in the bushfire area.

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Firefighters continued extinguishing two forest fires in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station on Tuesday.

The Ukrainian State Emergency Situations Service (SES) announced that “the situation was completely under control”, adding that 120 firefighters backed by 29 units equipment including planes and helicopters were involved in the operation.

The service said that no increase in radiation in the air had been detected in the capital Kiev or the city of Chernobyl.

However, on Sunday the head of Ukraine’s State Ecological Inspection Service, Yegor Firsov, wrote on Facebook that the radiation level has spiked 16 times above normal in the bushfire area.

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