The EU has responded to a request from Ukraine for potassium iodide tablets as a preventive safety measure to increase the level of protection around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
On 26 August, the EU received the request from the Ukrainian government. The tablets would be used in limited scenarios to avoid inhaled or swallowed radioactive iodine being absorbed by the thyroid.
In response, the Emergency Response Coordination Centre swiftly mobilised 5.5 million potassium iodide tablets via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for Ukraine, including 5 million from the rescEU emergency reserves and 500,000 from Austria. With a total financial value of over €500,000, the brunt of the assistance will be delivered to Ukraine from the rescEU reserve hosted by Germany.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said: “No nuclear power plant should ever be used as a war theatre. It is unacceptable that civilian lives are put in danger. All military action around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant must stop immediately.”
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