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Yunkom mine flooding can become new Chornobyl, - Ecology Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

The minister believes that militants’ intention to flood the "nuclear" mine is terrorism and blackmail
08:49, 19 April 2018

112 Agency

The flooding of Yunkom mine in Donbas can become a new Chornobyl, and it is nothing more than terrorism and blackmail, the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak said after the meeting of EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee in Strasbourg. This was reported by the press service of the ministry.

"Not only nuclear experts but also international organizations responsible for the security in the region were confused by the militants’ plans. I informed the European parliamentarians about this emergency, and I insisted on bringing up this issue in all negotiating groups on the settlement of Donbas situation and, in particular, on the admission of OSCE mission representatives for environmental monitoring at Yunkom mine," the minister said.

He confirmed that, according to experts, the mine poses threat not only to Ukraine’s ecology but also to the neighboring countries. The environmental situation in Donbas, which is one of the most technologically burdened areas of Europe, has been also a concern prior to 2014, according to Semerak, but now the situation is on the brink of disaster.

Related: Militants attack Donetsk Filtration station: five people wounded

As it was reported earlier, 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. Thus, Donbas residents are facing the danger of radiation poisoning, in particular through the poisoning of drinking water.  

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.

Related: Law enforcers reveal 2,000 militants in Donbas over past three years

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