Russian emergency forces on high alert in four regions over fire near Chernobyl

Permanent stand-by units of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's departments in the Bryansk, Belgorod, Kursk and Smolensk regions have been put on high alert, the ministry press service said on Wednesday.

Permanent stand-by units of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's departments in the Bryansk, Belgorod, Kursk and Smolensk regions have been put on high alert, the ministry press service said on Wednesday.

It explained the decision by the need to "be ready for prompt response and minimization of consequences of possible emergency situations caused by wildfires near Chernobyl.

"Radiation levels are being monitored round-the-clock by over 35 automatic radiation control posts of the comprehensive civil defense network and 20 automatic weather stations. The data is transmitted to the control center," it said.

"Radiation levels have not risen," the ministry said.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is interacting with the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in connection with wildfires burning near the Chernobyl NPP.

"Duty officers of the crisis management centers of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry in the Bryansk and Kursk regions have established contact with their colleagues from civil defense and emergency situations departments of the Gomel and Mogilev regions in the Republic of Belarus and the Sumy and Chernihiv regions of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine," the report said.

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