Ukraine nuclear plant fears prompt Poland to distribute iodine pills

By Garima Soni  | Date: 2022-09-25

Ukraine nuclear plant fears prompt Poland to distribute iodine pills

Poland has reportedly given iodine tablets to local fire departments to distribute among people in the event of radioactive exposure because it is worried about fighting near Ukraines Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station.

For those unaware, iodine is thought to protect the body against illnesses like thyroid cancer, in case a radioactive explosion takes place.

Shelling at Zaporizhzhia, Europe's largest nuclear power station, has destroyed structures near its six reactors and severed power lines, increasing the possibility of a nuclear disaster that would affect nearby nations. Notably, the two countries Russia and Ukraine have blamed one another for the bombardment surrounding the factory.

Former Soviet satellite states are on edge as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and citizens have rushed to stockpile iodine in the early phases of the conflict when President Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons.

According to Oleksandr Starukh, the regional governor, a hotel and a power plant were hit by nine missiles fired by the Russian military toward the city of Zaporizhzhia. For the unversed, the distance between the Zaporizhzhia and the nuclear reactor of the same name is around 50 kilometers (31 miles).

In spite of Russian preparations to deploy additional forces and hold a referendum in the area, the head of the UN nuclear agency stated that he would not give up on a plan to establish a protection zone around the Zaporizhzhia plant.

Meanwhile Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi advised Russian President Vladimir Putin that this could not be a time of war and told the UN Security Council that it was necessary to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine and return to dialogue.

Whereas at the UNSC briefing, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S. Jaishankar stated that India strongly reiterates the need for an immediate cessation of all hostilities and a return to discussion and diplomacy.


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Despite starting her career in science, Garima always had a zeal for writing. She started out her writer journey as a freelancer which eventually turned into a full-time job. Now as an upcoming MBA professional, Garima pens down articles for BonafideNews and several o...

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