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Melitopol mayor ready to purchase potassium iodide to protect citizens from radiation, urges ICRC to organize delivery corridor

KYIV. Aug 11 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The mayor of Melitopol, occupied by Russian invaders, Ivan Fedorov, announced his readiness to purchase potassium iodide to protect citizens from radiation at the expense of the city budget and called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to organize a green corridor for delivering the drug to the city.

"Every day rushists create threats of accidents at the ZNPP, which can lead to a nuclear catastrophe. We hope they have enough sense to stop doing this, but we must be one step ahead and protect our residents from possible radiation pollution. With the funds from the local budget, we are ready to promptly purchase and distribute potassium iodide among Melitopol residents – a drug necessary to protect against the dangerous accumulation of radioactive iodine in the human thyroid gland," Fedorov wrote on Telegram.

At the same time, he noted that the Russian occupiers have not agreed on a green corridor for the delivery of humanitarian goods to Melitopol for the fourth month already.

"That is why I appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross with an urgent request to help organize a green corridor and supply residents of the temporarily occupied territories with a medication that can save lives," Fedorov summed up.

Potassium iodide is a drug that is used in the treatment of hypothyroidism and to prevent exposure of the thyroid gland to radioactive iodine (during radiation accidents).