144 Illegal Entries to Exclusion Zone Registered Since Early This Year

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One of the problems in the Chornobyl area is illegal penetration into the exclusion zone by the so-called stalkers. This was informed by First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Serhiy Yarovy, at the interdepartmental meeting with senior executives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Police, State Emergency Service, National Guard, and State Border Service, which took place in Chornobyl, as reported by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

“As of today, since the beginning of the year, the National Police has already registered 144 illegal entries. ‘Stalkers’ pose a danger not only to themselves but also to other people since there are areas in the exclusion zone where radiation contamination is quite high. We must take measures to prevent or preclude their penetration and protect people”, Yarovy said.

The first-priority activities in the exclusion zone are public security, prevention of illegal transfer of forest and metal, fight against poaching, and measures to prevent and extinguish fires in the ecosystems of the Chornobyl zone.

To solve these problems, Head of the National Police, Serhiy Knyazev, proposed to introduce a Safe Town program in the exclusion zone, which allows the use of high-technology automated systems for public peace and order. “The system of video surveillance and notification integrated in the automated systems of the National Police will help solve a number of issues related to the emergence of fires, illegal penetration into the exclusion zone, and theft of property”, Head of the National Police added.

According to Press Service of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine