Through the Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine, NATO is committed to assist Ukraine in addressing legacy challenges arising from Soviet-era military activities. One of these legacy challenges is radioactive waste stored within a border guard site in an aging concrete well, which does not comply with International Atomic Energy Agency best practices. This poses serious health and environmental risks, such as:
- There is no radiation control or monitoring at the site; personnel do not have the required information and training and the required level of radiological protection is not met in the current situation.
- With the current condition of the concrete well and the level of groundwater being unknown, there is a risk due to the degradation of the concrete that the radioactive material can come in contact with the soil and the groundwater.