TV Episode | TV-MA | | Drama, History, Thriller
Valery and Boris attempt to find solutions to removing the radioactive debris; Ulana attempts to find out the cause of the explosion.
The soldier pours out the milk that the old woman had in her bucket. While it may seem like petty malice, he had a very good reason: milk was one of the most significant pathways that caused people to get afflicted by radiation; iodine-131 in particular, which led to an increase in thyroid cancer. This is because, after the accident, pastures in the affected areas were contaminated by iodine, cesium and strontium. Cows eat a lot of grass, which has a large surface area compared to its weight, so the cows concentrated a lot of these substances in their bodies. This then significantly contaminated the milk they produced. As late as 2018, it was reported that in some areas cows still produce milk that is more radioactive than regulation allows, which therefore forces the milk to be discarded as unfit for human consumption.
It's time to go. Did you hear me? This is an evacuation. Do you understand?
When the three soldiers are leaving the table where they ate and drank, some bottles and scraps can be seen in the background. In the next shot, however, the table is completely clean.