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Wherever They Are, We Are
Beirut
By b.yaacoub
19 Jun 2015

The image of the masked protestor, with their fiery eyes and fist in the air is one of the most iconic images in popular culture. This character has become romanticized, demonized, idolized, and oftentimes misunderstood. The upheaval that has taken place around the world, especially in the last four years, has both reinforced and broken this stereotype.

But who are those who take to the streets? Why do they do it? What do they want?

A procession of women in Nigeria, marching together with placards reading “Bring Back Our Girls”, has a considerably different tone than the charged clashes between riot police and anarchists in Greece. A candlelight vigil held by journalists in Lebanon in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo does not have the same risk of deadly violence as villagers and farmers confronting trigger-happy gunmen in Syria. And a group of concerned citizens voicing their discontent with the privatization of a public beach does not have the same high social and political stakes as those trying to overthrow an authoritarian regime.

However, despite vast differences in context and situation, those who take to the streets often share a common drive to stand up for ideas they believe in. For many, there is a common belief that by taking to the streets and making their voices public, they can influence change in their world.

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Fuel Depot on Fire in Kiev Suburb
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

On the night of June 8, 2015, a fire started at an oil depot in the village of Kriachko, near the Kiev suburb of Vasylkiv, in Ukraine. By 1:00 am the fire has not been extinguished and all attempts to put out the flames have not succeeded.

Rescue workers from the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) have reported that as of that moment the oil is burning outside the tanks, but if a flame enters the tanks a powerful explosion will be triggered.

The methods being used to put out the blaze was ineffective. As was expected, all oil tanks blasted in the morning, causing the death of at least than 10 rescue workers, leaving many others wounded. Rescue staff were forced to leave the spot, but the fire was still on.

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 02
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Collapsed oil tank released gasoline vapours causing powerful explosion. Firefighters had to draw off leaving some equipment

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 03
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

To rectify consequences of the catastrophe, fire brigades used special heat-reflecting clothing, protecting operators from high temperatures

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 04
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

A rescuer wearing protective outwear hurries to drink water, to get back to the frontline

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 05
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Fire engineering once on fire, saved by the State Emergency Service personnel

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 06
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

A rescuer applies antipyretic, to help a fireman, suffering burns while extinguishing fire

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 07
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Smoke caused by burning oil tanks could be easily noticed in a nearby Vasylkov town

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 08
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Population centre Kryachky was the closest to the accident epicenter

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 09
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Auxiliary equipment was deployed along the road, leading to the catastrophic centre

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 10
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Special police forces and the National Guard ensured safety and security along the damaged area perimeter

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 11
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Patrol helicopter was responsible for surveillance operation to control damaged area expansion

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 12
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
09 Jun 2015

Kyiv mayor Vladymyr Klichko was in a mobile camp of the State Emergency Service near the catastrophe epicenter

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 01
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
08 Jun 2015

The fire quickly spread over majority of the oil tanks, caused by failure to properly observe safety procedures

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Fuel depot fire in Kiev suburb 13
Kriachko, Ukraine
By Andrey Samerkhanov
08 Jun 2015

Last night in the village of Kriachko near the Kyiv suburb of Vasylkiv a fire had started at an oil depot. We offer an exclusive report filed by an EMPR special correspondent with live updates.

By 01:00 a.m. the fire has not been extinguished. All attempts to put out the flames have not succeeded. 4 of the 9 tanks continue to burn. Rescue workers from the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) have reported that as of this moment the oil is burning outside the tanks, but if a flame enters the tanks a powerful explosion will be triggered. The methods being used to put out the blaze are ineffective. Neither water nor the special foam are working given the magnitude of the fire. The only effective way to fight the blaze is to extinguish it from the air. Every emergency rescue workers here knows this, but six hours after the fire started the managers responsible for giving orders and implementing security measures have not give such order.

Liquefied gas is stored close by the storage tanks. If the temperature around the depot rises to critical and taking into account that the flames are not being extinguished another explosion is likely and a humanitarian catastrophe would be assured.

To make matters worse 50 m from the oil tanks is an air base and an ammunition warehouse. This is one of the reasons why it has not been reported to the public. Some of the ammunition has been removed, but most hasn't. The chance that the warehouse will explode is greater than ever.

Most important is that the public has not been informed, security measures are not being implemented, evacuation has not begun. Homes located 200 m from the depot are already engulfed in flames.

Update as of 09:00. New methods were not used to put out the blaze. As was expected, all oil tanks blasted this morning. More than 10 dead among rescue workers, many wounded. Rescue staff were forces to leave the spot, but fire is on.

Public has not been informed so far, evacuation has not begun by the MES & authority. Citizens start evacuation by there own. No one was informed about threat (!).

Update as of 10:00 MES helicopter finnaly were seen over the sky, but with monitoring mission only (!).

Update as of 11:00 Number of casualties among recue workers is very high, but no one counts now as the goal is to stop the fire. Connection with Zhutomyr rescue team, that was close to the blast spot is totally lost.

Evacuation of civilians is not anounced officially, but citizens are reccomended by local police to leave the place.

There is a threat of fire / blast at another depot for oil products as well as at the air base and an ammunition warehouse nearby to current fire zone.

MES helicopters just fly over the spot with monitoring mission with no effort to put out the blaze. An expert says that Ukraine has no specific foam to stop such fire. Those one, which was used is uneffective. Fire is still on...

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According to the State Emergency Service fire at the oil depot outside Kyiv started at 17:29 (Kyiv time) on 8 June. Oil depot of "Pobutrembudmaterialy" LLC is located between Glevakha town and Kryachky village approximately 40 km South-West of Kyiv.

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Despite firefighting measures undertaken the fire kept spreading. At 8:00 on 9 June oil reservoirs detonated causing a blast, reports the State Emergency Service.

Interior Ministry says 1 person was killed and 14 injured as of 12:00. Unofficial reports say the whole Zhytomyr rescue brigade went missing this morning.

Update as of 15:00 State Emergency Service claims to have started evacuation of civilians from the 2 km zone from the fire line. Evacuation from the 10 km zone is foreseen as the next step. However no signs of centralized evacuation were noticed on the ground. Some locals are evacuating on their own.

BRSM-Nafta company that exploits the oil depot in question issued a statement naming arson (terrorist act) as the main cause of fire.

Interior Ministry says fire continues at 9 reservoirs. Fire extinguishing measures are underway.

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Chernobyl Safety Financial Challenges
Chernobyl
By gzhygalov
27 Feb 2015

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Anniversary Of Maidan
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Heads of state together with Europian leaders attend in march of dignity. Ukraine Marks Anniversary Of Maidan Massacre. Commemorations in Kyiv to honor the victims of deadly clashes between antigovernment protesters and security forces a year ago.The violence killed more than 100 people, including 17 security officers, between February 18 and 21, 2014.

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