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Version of arson in Chernobyl exclusion zone not confirmed

The National Police units are conducting the investigation
20:55, 6 June 2018

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The version that the ignition of dry grass in Chornobyl exclusion zone was intentional is still not confirmed, as Mykola Chechotkin, the Chairman of the State Emergency Service, said, Interfax Ukraine reports.

“Not confirmed. Not yet,” he said answering the question whether the version of an arson was confirmed.

Besides, he added that the National Police units are conducting the investigation.

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Earlier, a grass fire started in Chornobyl zone on June 5. It spread around the forest of 10 hectares. It was localized to five hectares till the morning on June 6.

As we reported earlier, according to the State Emergency Service, the radiation level in Kyiv was 11 mcR/h, while the safe level is up to 30 mcR/h. In Chornobyl, the level of radiation remains within the norm (32 mcR/h, while safe indicator is 50 mcR/h). The radiation level on Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant industrial site is 51,6 15 mcSv/h (safe level – 140 mcR/h).

Related: Rescue teams localize fire in Chornobyl exclusion zone

The law enforcers regard arson as one of the versions - they have found torches at the site.

As Ukraine’s Emergency Service reports, the fire was localized to 2 hectares at 17:00 Kyiv time on June 6.

Related: Fire in Chornobyl exclusion zone, 10 hectares of forest burning

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