The head of government noted that dozens of coal mines have already been closed in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories without observing environmental procedures, which threatens the security of the region. According to him, there is a risk that at some facilities the water contaminated with radiation could enter the drinking horizons and through the river system - into the Sea of Azov.
"It is necessary to send International Atomic Energy Agency experts to inspect this area. The organization of such an observation mission is a contribution to the security of the region. After all, almost 1,200 sources of ionizing radiation were located in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," Denys Shmygal said.
At the same time, Shmygal noted that there is space in the eastern territories of Ukraine for creating a new economy based on climate neutrality.
"This territory is rich in raw materials, and there is qualified personnel. A cluster of modern industries can be created there. The government is already developing a relevant strategy, the purpose of which is to create special incentives for investors," the prime minister stressed.
On May 25 it was reported that drinking water in the Donbas will soon become dangerous for health. The liquid filled with heavy metals and other toxic substances threatens to pollute not only drinking water from rivers and wells, but also the soil, making it unsuitable for agriculture. In addition, methane, a dangerous gas from the mines, is pushed to the surface, which can result in earthquakes and explosions. Experts say that Donbas is on the brink of an environmental disaster.
It was also stated that coal thermal power stations of Ukraine pollute air more than all EU countries.