Sunday, April 26, President Vladimir Zelensky met with state emergency personnel who participated in the elimination of a large-scale forest fire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and presented 22 awards d ‘State to the rescuers.
Before that, Zelensky flew by helicopter to the area damaged by the fire, reports the official website of the head of state.
“We are grateful for your excellent work. Now at height, from a helicopter, we saw the real result of your work. You are heroes for us, “said the head of state, addressing the rescuers.
Vladimir Zelensky visits the Chernobyl exclusion zone / Photo: President’s office
Zelensky noted that the fire destroyed much of the forest – more than eleven thousand hectares.
“Only there, at the height, you understand how difficult your job is. From all of the Ukrainian people, I express my gratitude for the result, “said the President.
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Prime Minister Denis Shmygal also thanked the rescuers for their achievement.
“In your person, we express our gratitude to all of these people – today, more than a thousand people are working to put out the fire. To everyone who stands side by side and does this job, ”said Shmygal.
It is also reported that Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, ch. and. about. The Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection, Olga Buslavets, and the President of the State Emergency Service, Nikolay Chechotkin, informed the Head of State of the progress made in eliminating the sources of fire.
According to Ukrinform, according to the president of the State Agency for the management of the exclusion zone (GAZO) Ekaterina Pavlova, in the Chernobyl fire exclusion zone, 20 thousand hectares of territory were affected, including 30 % are forests.
A fire broke out on April 4 in the exclusion zone. On the morning of April 26, rescuers from the State Department of Emergency Affairs continued to suppress fires in the forest area of the exclusion zone, as well as in the Zhytomyr region.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru