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Militants flood radioactive mine Yunkom in Donetsk region

Donbas residents are facing the danger of radiation poisoning
15:13, 17 April 2018

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Militants started to flood Yunkom mine in a temporarily occupied Yenakiyeve of Donetsk region. Almost 40 years ago there has been a nuclear explosion performed with an aim to relieve the tension in the mountain massif. The journalist Denys Kazansky reported this on Facebook. Thus, Donbas residents are facing the danger of radiation poisoning, in particular through the poisoning of drinking water.  

Deputy Minister of the Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Yuriy Hrymchak commented on this issue on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“This mine hasn’t been working for a long time now, it had been closed. But it was set on the so-called “eternal conservation.” It means that water withdrawal was to go on for the years ahead. The danger is that during the flooding of the place of nuclear explosion, radionuclides can flow out with the ground waters to the surface and it threatens not only ground water but also that on the surface. And it can flow out of Ukraine’s territory to Russia… To continue pumping out the water we need around 10 million dollars, but for today Russia says they don’t have money, so “do what you want,” Hrymchak said.

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As it was reported earlier, out of 4 thousand dangerous objects established by Swiss experts, 17 represent a "radiation hazard". The most dangerous mine can be the Yunkom mine in Yenakiyeve, the city of steel and coal in the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, which is proud not only of its fellow countryman, Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Beregov, but also of former president Viktor Yanukovych who fled to Russia. Here in 1979 the Soviet Union tested the atomic bomb deep underground.

Since then, this area has been closed. But if Donbas will have to continue to plunge into chaos, if in the surrounding galleries associated with the Yunkom, pumps stop working, and the mines are filled with water, then the contaminated land can get into the water cycle. This war, which, with its positional battles and the threat of gas poisoning, still resembles a wicked caricature of World War I, can change its character. If the radiation from an exploded atomic bomb will be noticed from the Yunkom mine, then this First World in miniature will result in another war: the atomic age will come.

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