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Forest fires Nearby Chernobyl nuclear plant in Check, Ukraine Police say

Ukrainian authorities are playing down the threat posed by forest fires at the Chernobyl exclusion zone, stating they’ve been included and are under complete control.

Reports within the previous 24 hours stated the flames were raging near the atomic power plant, together with activists warning that the blazes were becoming dangerously near waste storage centers.

However, on Tuesday the government said a mix of efforts by firefighters train showers covering a lot of the region, had neutered the danger.

“There is not any open fire. There’s a small smoldering of the forest floor using different cells,” Ukraine’s interior ministry said in an announcement on its site, describing the situation of 7 am on Tuesday.

“There is not any danger to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, waste gas storage or other essential facilities,” said Volodymyr Demchuk of the nation’s nation Emergencies Service.

The government also insisted that radiation levels from the capital Kyiv, roughly 100 kilometers south of the plant, have been in standards.

“The amount of radiation in Kyiv and the surrounding area doesn’t exceed the organic degree,” said the interior ministry announcement.

‘Critical’ scenario as flames blazed

Before, the flame has been said to have attained the abandoned town of Pripyat, also to be raging inside a kilometer or two of the plant in Chernobyl, scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident in April 1986, that disperse a cloud of radiation over much of Europe.

An activist from Greenpeace Russia was quoted as stating the flames were bigger than official estimates and might pose a health hazard.

Since rumors circulated social media over the degree of radiation and dangers to the atomic plant, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — accused of inaction in recent times — guaranteed to call from the mind of the crisis services.

“Society has the right to understand the facts and to be secure,” he explained.

Fires frequently break out in early spring because individuals put fire to dry grass, a prevalent practice in certain ex-Soviet states. Officials say they’ve tracked down at least 2 individuals suspected of fires.

Even the Chernobyl exclusion zone set up after the nuclear catastrophe is mostly uninhabited, although roughly 200 individuals have stayed in the region.

Last week citizens from 1 village in the land were transferred from their houses by authorities, as wildfires attracted a spike in radiation levels.