The deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation in the tripartite contact group on Donbass, Witold Fokin, warned on August 29 that the country is more threatened by disaster than the Chernobyl disaster.
In a conversation with journalists from the Strana newspaper, he spoke about how the infrastructure in Donbas is collapsing and, therefore, an environmental disaster is looming there. According to him, mines in the region are abandoned and more than 400 water reservoirs and sludge pits are overcrowded.
He is convinced that if not cleaned, the waste will fill all local rivers and lakes and get to the Azov and Black seas. “Many are turning a blind eye to this, but the impending disaster may become immeasurably larger than the Chernobyl accident,” Fokin concluded.
On the night of April 26, 1986, the reactor of Unit 4 exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. As a result, a large amount of radioactive substances was released into the environment.
At the same time, in February last year, the former president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reported on the deterioration of the environmental situation in Donbas.
The same month, Rosrybolovstvo accused Ukraine of causing serious damage to the Black Sea environment. The agency noted that the country discharges fresh water into the water area.