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Ukrainian Preparedness Drills Take Place in Zaporizhzhia Amid Radiation Concerns from Russian-Controlled Nuclear Facility

by Andrew Wright
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Ukraine Radiation Drill

Ukrainian emergency personnel, outfitted in white and yellow protective attire and equipped with radiation detection gear, participated in a preparatory exercise on Thursday. The drill aimed to mitigate potential radiation leak hazards from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station currently under Russian control.

Numerous civilians took part in the rehearsal on the city outskirts of Zaporizhzhia, which is situated approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

A medical tent was designated for emergency services to practice decontamination procedures with soap, and simulated treatment sessions for faux victims from potential radiation exposure zones.

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The nuclear power plant fell into Russian hands early in the conflict and has since become a contentious topic as both Russia and Ukraine trade blame for shelling the facility.

Ukraine’s military intelligence has recently alleged, though without substantiating, that Russia is orchestrating a “large-scale provocation” at the southeastern nuclear power plant. Last week saw government officials from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s administration apprise international delegates about the potential threat.

If a disaster were to occur at the plant, affected residents would be relocated from contaminated areas to a center offering medical and psychological support, according to emergency services.

The following stage would involve decontamination of residents at a temporary facility before they are transported to evacuation points.

Larysa Mykolaieva, a participant in the exercise, admitted to feelings of apprehension but acknowledged the importance of the drill. She and her family have made provisions such as storing food, drinking water, and procuring masks in anticipation of a possible catastrophe.

“Our approach is to plan for the worst and hope for the best,” stated Mykolaieva.

In response to last year’s initial threat of a plant accident, Ukraine established a crisis response unit. This wasn’t the first time drills were conducted.

Emergency services estimate that in the event of a nuclear disaster, about 300,000 residents from four regions closest to the plant—Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv—would need to be evacuated. This evacuation would be compulsory.

Evacuees will be permitted to take their pets, and transport would be provided via buses, trains, and personal vehicles.

The direction of the wind and the spread of radiation will determine the safer regions within Ukraine where people will be relocated.

“There are different scenarios, but we are preparing for the most critical one,” stated Yurii Vlasenko, the Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Energy.


This story benefited from the contributions of Big Big News reporters Dmytro Zhyhinas and Hanna Arhirova in Kyiv, Ukraine.


Stay updated with the AP’s coverage of the war at https://bigbignews.net/russia-ukraine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ukraine Radiation Drill

What was the purpose of the drills held in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine?

The drills were conducted to prepare for a potential risk of radiation leakage from the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Emergency workers and civilians took part in the exercise, practicing procedures for decontamination and treatment.

Who participated in the drills?

Ukrainian emergency personnel along with dozens of civilians took part in the drills. They practiced decontamination procedures and treatment sessions for potential victims from radiation-affected areas.

Where is the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant located?

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is situated approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the city of Zaporizhzhia. It is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and currently under Russian control.

Has the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant been a point of concern before?

Yes, the nuclear power plant fell into Russian hands early in the conflict and has since become a contentious topic as both Russia and Ukraine trade blame for shelling the facility. Ukraine’s military intelligence has recently alleged that Russia is planning a “large-scale provocation” at the plant.

What provisions have been made for a possible disaster at the plant?

In response to last year’s initial threat of a plant accident, Ukraine established a crisis response unit. In the event of a nuclear disaster, about 300,000 residents from four regions closest to the plant would need to be evacuated. People would be allowed to bring their pets, and transport would be provided via buses, trains, and personal vehicles. Affected residents would be relocated from contaminated areas to a center offering medical and psychological support, and then to evacuation points.

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6 comments

Luka98 June 30, 2023 - 12:33 am

it’s kinda scary how real this threat is… i hope the drills help them prepare well. stay safe ukraine!!

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SkyWalk3r June 30, 2023 - 12:39 am

Isn’t it crazy that we’re in 2023 and still dealing with potential nuclear disasters? Technology man… smh.

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AnaS June 30, 2023 - 1:57 am

As a Ukrainian, this is terrifying but I trust our emergency services. We are resilient people.

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PeaceDove June 30, 2023 - 10:25 am

War, radiation leaks, what next? This is too much. Praying for all those involved.

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RadTech21 June 30, 2023 - 12:30 pm

These drills are necessary, for sure. But the key is continual training, not just when threats arise.

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EcoWarrior77 June 30, 2023 - 11:51 pm

Imagine how better off we’d be if we just fully embraced renewable energy and dumped these ticking time bombs! just my 2 cents…

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