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", the 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.
Earlier, we reported that Kyiv city hall recommended that citizens close their windows, which is due to a drastic increase of concentration of harmful emissions into the air. That's the consequence of fires in Chornobyl exclusion zone and a forest district in Zhytomyr region, northern Ukraine.