A 320km wide forest near the area of Chernobyl – the nuclear station exploded in 1986, the worst nuclear explosion in history – burnt. The agency Interfax reported it. According to the Ukrainian Emergency service, firefighters succeeded in keeping the flames far from the ruins of the station. “Concerning the big fire, the units of the State Service for Emergencies were able to prevent the flames from reaching the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone” posted Zorian Shkiriak – head of rescuers – on Facebook. “The sarcophagus – he added – is not in danger”.
The fire started the night before the meeting – today in London – of the sponsors that should help secure the nuclear station. This meeting was promoted by the G7 in order to find money to finish covering the station before the end of 2017. €615 million are missing. Last Monday, during the meeting between Ukraine, EU and Kiev, the President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker announced that Brussels is paying €70 million and the EU Bank €350 million for the reconstruction and development of the station. Privates should offer the rest of the money (195 million).
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa