Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Authority: Radiation levels are normal

Radiation levels in Bulgaria are normal, the Bulgarian nuclear regulatory agency said on March 4 after Russian forces shelled part of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant complex in Ukraine.

The agency said on its website that at 7:35 a.m. Bulgarian time it was informed about the shelling of Ukraine’s nuclear power plant via the international information exchange system of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Bulgaria‘s nuclear regulator Tsanko Bachiiski said nobody needed to take potassium iodide and the public would be kept informed if necessary.

In other news in Bulgaria on March 4 related to the war against Ukraine by Russian forces acting on Vladimir Putin’s orders:

The Bulgarian Interior Ministry said that since February 24, more than 20,000 Ukrainian citizens have crossed the border from Romania to Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian Border Police said the influx of refugees from Ukraine to Romania continues to increase.

In the night of March 3 alone, more than 20,000 people passed the Siret border crossing, twice as many as in the past few days.

Volunteers from the Bulgarian city of Rousse on the Danube, who support the Bulgarian Red Cross in taking in refugees at the Danube Bridge, expect that the flow of refugees to Bulgaria will increase in the coming days.

The Bulgarian Ombudsman’s Office has set up hotlines for victims of the war in Ukraine to receive free legal aid.

For details, in Ukrainian, see Ombudsman’s website.

A reception center for mothers with children who fled the war in Ukraine is to open in Pernik.

However, there is still a lot to be done before it can be put into operation.

Nikola Rakhnev, one of the organizers of the “Hugs from Bulgaria” initiative, said there would be room for 70 people. Beds and furniture should arrive within a few days.

However, there is a need for heating equipment and kitchen utensils, Rakhnev said.

Sofia city government is sending a second team from its emergency directorate to the Ukraine-Romania border on March 4 to take 10 people to Sofia, Mayor Yordanka Fandukova said.

Sofia has provided 206 places for war refugees.

In the early morning of March 3, two more donor-provided buses carrying women and children fleeing the war in Ukraine arrived in Sofia. All are staying with relatives and friends in Bulgaria.

Fandukova said she spoke with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and Tourism Minister Hristo Prodanov about the need for inter-institutional coordination and cooperation in hosting refugees from Ukraine in the capital.

This was published by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website information about evacuation trains from Ukraine.

It urged Bulgarian citizens to use the “green corridors” provided.

The city of Varna provides free specialist medical care to Ukrainian citizens fleeing the war.

The investigations will be conducted from March 4 to March 31, the municipality said.

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