The law of Ukraine on increasing fines for the damage to natural environment took effect on April 17. The Ukrainian Parliament passed the respective bill on April 13; 328 MPs voted "yes", with 226 votes necessary to pass.
The law considerably increases the amount of fine for air pollution, destruction or damage to flora, violation of fire safety and unsanctioned burning of dry grass or forest cover.
According to the law, the fine for air pollution will exceed USD 2,000; the perpetrator may also face a prison term up to three years.
Destruction or damage to forests near inhabited areas and along railway roads, destruction of dry grass and greenery on the agricultural lands will be fined to the amount of USD 5,600. Violation of fire safety will result in the fine up to 170 U.S. dollars. for citizens, and roughly USD 560 for officials.
The thick fog in Kyiv poses no chemical or radioactive threat to citizens. The press office of the State Emergency Service reported that on April 17.
"On April 16, cases of ignition of grass cover and forest cover were observed on the premises of Kyiv region - specifically, in Vyshhorodsky and Ivankivsky districts, as well as in Irpin zone. Numerous cases of burning of dry grass and garbage were observed in private households across Kyiv and Kyiv region, too. Besides, several burning sites are being extinguished in Zhytomyr region", teh authority said.
The Service claimed that the western wind changed its direction to northwestern in the evening of April 17.
"Taking into account (...) conditions for the movement of air masses and atmosphere pressure, favorable conditions appeared for spreading combustion gases in the air in Kyiv. Such feature carries no chemical or radiation threat", the authority concluded.