Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Church began to pray for rain and stop the fire which occurred in the area of exclusion around Chernobyl, and willing to help evacuees "squatters," said Fins news the head of the press service of the UOC-MP Vasily Anisimov.
Wildfire in the Chernobyl Pushcha, which serves as a shield against the spread of radiation beyond the initial contamination, broke out yesterday afternoon on an area of about 320 hectares, to his destruction have attracted more than 300 people and 51 of the vehicles, as well as among them airplanes and helicopters. Now the fire is localized. In gschs of Ukraine Last news first claimed that the fire has no threat to residents and will not affect the background radiation.
"We pray daily for peace in Ukraine, currently held memorial day for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster, and now We pray for the stop of the fire. I hope that soon this area will rain and everything will end well, " said Anisimov.
Because of the fire, the citizens of the exclusion zone, including the "squatters" (citizens who have returned to their homes after the disaster, despite the ban), were evacuated. The head of the Department said that if someone from the "squatters" will refer to the UOC, it undoubtedly will help. As noted Anisimov, today this has remained not so much - only about three hundred people.
In this case, added the Commissioner of the UOC, the question remains whether this year may 9 traditionally open free entry to the exclusion zone. For several years, on April 26, the anniversary of the disaster, and may 9, former residents of Chernobyl and the nearest villages could visit the graves of loved ones. To enter the site exclusion zone had the right and the liquidators of the catastrophe. Besides visiting cemeteries, citizens tidied monuments present the great Patriotic war and the victims of the disaster at the nuclear plant.