The fire in the region with oil tanks near Kiev can cause poisoning the air with formaldehyde to nearby settlements. In all likelihood, acidification threatens the area. The Interior Minister Arsen Avakov “Once every hour, we are monitoring the ecological condition of the air… We are in the normal range. No emissions of any toxic substances were recorded… The air in Kiev and the surrounding areas is as it should be.”
However, the Kiev mayor, Vitaly Klitschko said “Studies of the air, which were carried out in Kiev, indicate that the content of substances that are formed during combustion exceeds the maximum permissible concentration.”
The director of ecological and cultural center of Kiev, Vladimir Boreyko said "The process is catastrophic. People should be evacuated at least in a radius of 5 kilometers due to soot and toxic products from the fire. It’s a serious danger to health and can cause lung problems and cancer.”
The fire that started on Monday has claimed one worker and left 5 others injured.