Poland hands out iodine pills as fighting rages near Ukrainian power plant
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Poland began distributing iodine tablets to various regional fire departments on Thursday amid concerns about possible radiation exposure from a Russian-held nuclear power plant. In Ukraine.
Shelling near Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest plant, damaged buildings near six of the plant’s reactors during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces.
Neighbors in the event of a nuclear emergency Countries like Poland will be most affected. Iodine is considered a protective substance against conditions that result from radioactive exposure.
“Following media reports of close battles Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power PlantAccording to Reuters, Deputy Interior Minister Blazej Pobozzi said in a radio broadcast, “We have decided to … prematurely take precautionary measures for the distribution of iodine.”
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“I would like to reassure all citizens that these are routine, precautionary actions to protect us in the event of a situation that … I hope will not occur.”
On Thursday, the city of Zaporizhia faced more intense fighting after the Russian military reportedly fired nine missiles that hit a hotel and a power station, according to Ukraine’s local governor. Reuters notes that the city itself is only 31 miles from the power plant.
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There is global outrage and concern over the situation in the region. I authorities United Nations It has demanded to create a safe zone around the plant to avoid further damage.
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