Ukrainian emergency workers conducted drills to prepare for potential radiation leaks from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, currently under Russian control. The exercise, joined by several civilians, took place in Zaporizhzhia city, about 100 kilometers from the power plant. Amid mutual accusations of plant shelling between Russia and Ukraine, these drills aim to ensure readiness should a disaster occur.
- The drills involved emergency workers practicing measures like hosing down individuals to remove radiation and administering treatment to hypothetical victims.
- The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been a point of concern since Russia occupied it in the early stages of the war, with both nations accusing each other of shelling the plant.
- Ukrainian military intelligence has alleged, without evidence, that Russia is planning a significant provocation at the nuclear power plant, leading to international briefings on the potential threat.
- Should a disaster occur at the plant, the protocol would include moving people from contaminated areas to safe locations for medical and psychological assistance, followed by decontamination and transport to evacuation points.
- In the event of a nuclear disaster, approximately 300,000 people closest to the facility covering four regions would be mandatorily evacuated. Evacuation plans include the use of buses, trains, and personal cars, and provision for evacuees to bring their pets.