Rescues and police officers attend anti-radiation drills for case of an emergency situation at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (Picture: Reuters)
Ukraine has been conducting nuclear disaster response drills have been carried out near the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station.
Yuriy Malashko, governor of the Zaporizhzhia region that includes the plant, said the drills were intended to coordinate the response of all services to an ‘emergency situation’ at the plant.
It comes after Kyiv accused the Kremlin of plotting a ‘radiation catastrophe’ by launching a ‘terrorist’ attack on the facility – an allegation denied by Moscow.
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Russia’s envoy to the UN Vassily Nebenzia wrote to the Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saying: ‘We do not intend to blow up this NPP (nuclear power plant), we have no intention of doing so.’
Footage showed rescuers in yellow and white protective gear and gas masks, using dosimeters to check passenger cars and trucks for radiation levels and then cleaning wheels before vehicles underwent additional decontamination at specialised washing points.
A man on a stretcher was brought into a medical tent as sirens blared.
Ukrainian emergency workers wearing radiation protection suits cover a man by blanket during training (Picture: AP)
Footage showed rescuers in yellow and white protective gear and gas masks, using dosimeters to check passenger cars and trucks for radiation levels (Picture: Reuters)
Ukraine has accused Russia of planning a ‘radiation catastrophe’ at the plant (Picture: EPA)
A man on a stretcher was brought into a medical tent as sirens blared (Picture: EPA)
Tetyana, 45, said as she was checked for radiation as part of the drill: ‘Of course, it is scary. I fear for my family, my child. What do we do? It is very scary.’
Officials and civil defence forces worked on scenarios that might follow a nuclear disaster, and on how to inform and evacuate the population.
‘We have assumed the worst scenario, in which the contamination zone will be bigger than 50 kilometres,’ Yurii Vlasenko, a deputy energy minister, told reporters.
‘This would mean four regions would be affected.’
He said the results of the drill were good and Ukraine was ‘ready for the challenges’ Russia posed.
Emergency workers wearing radiation protection suits disinfect a man (Picture: AP)
Vehicles were also checked for radiation during the mock exercise (Picture: AP)
Passengers checked with dosimeters (Picture: AP)
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, has been occupied by Russia since early March last year, shortly after Moscow’s full-scale invasion.
Kyiv and Moscow have accused each other of shelling the vast complex ever since.
Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, suffered the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986 at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.
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