President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with representatives of the State Emergencies Ministry of Ukraine, who took part in extinguishing a large-scale forest fire in the Chornobyl exclusion zone. He handed 22 state awards to the rescuers. This was reported by the press service of the president.
It is reported that Zelensky inspected the area affected by the fire in a helicopter.
“We are grateful to you for your important work. Now, at height, from a helicopter, we saw the real result of your work. You are heroes for us,” Zelensky said.
According to him, the fire destroyed a large area of the forest - more than 11,000 hectares.
“Now you understand how difficult your profession is. I am grateful to you from the all Ukrainian people,” Zelensky said.
Also, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal thanked the rescuers for their deeds.
"We express gratitude to all those people - today more than a thousand people work to eliminate the fire. To everyone who stands next to you shoulder to shoulder and does this work," added Shmygal.
We recall that this month several regions suffered from fires - Kyiv, Zhytomyr, as well as the Chornobyl exclusion zone. The fire in the Chornobyl zone began on April 4. Almost 2,000 people are involved in extinguishing fires.