Ukraine — The Emergency Situations Ministry has said that the small quantity of smoke in Kyiv is the result of peat fires in the Chernihiv region.
Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Vitalii Romanenko announced this at a press conference.
According to him, the peat fire covers an area of about 25 hectares of land.
Two An-32P fire-fighting airplanes, a Mi-8 helicopter, emergency officials, and other firefighting equipment are involved the efforts to extinguish the fire.
According to him, the fire has practically been localized and efforts are presently being made to prevent the fore from spreading.
He did not rule out the possibility of the fires from the forest fires in Russia spreading to Kyiv from the Ukrainian-Belarusian and the Ukrainian-Russian borders.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, smoke has been observed in the Kharkiv region since August 14, and the Emergency Situations Ministry attributed it to the peat fires in the Voronezh and Ryazan regions of Russia.
The Emergency Situations Ministry earlier said that the smoke in Kyiv was due to the fires in Russia and the peat fires in the Kyiv region.