All Quiet at `Shipka'?
Radar Stations Impact Human Health

Kiev ZELENYY SVIT (SPECIAL EDITION) [special edition copy received 29 Aug 1994; published between No 9 and Nos 10-11 1994]

Using the noble mission of defense of the fatherland as a cover, our military designed equipment with no concern at all for the health of nature and the people for whose sake they were supposed to be doing this. All of the different surveillance devices and powerful radar stations are an eloquent example of this. Their continued "carefree existence" offers more proof of the authoritarian behavior and indemnity of the military and is a result of the notorious "secrecy" and of the skillful disinformation of the public. They also represent a compelling lesson for the future.

Chernobyl's "Bloodbrothers"

Experiments have shown that the radiation emitted by many radars (and the level in the West is only a fraction of what it is here) is comparable to penetrating radioactive radiation in terms of its characteristics. Its effects, like those of radioactivity, are on the cellular level. By ionizing cellular matter, it causes pathological changes and interferes with the energy and genetic properties of the cell. Long-term radiation weakens the immune system. It is something like AIDS. Many scientific experiments have established the damaging effects of electromagnetic fields on the nervous and endocrine systems, reproductive functions, the cardiovascular system, the morphological composition of blood, and metabolism. They cause impotence in males and disturbances of the menstrual cycle in females. The data on all of this, however, have not been published widely yet.

That is why the installations above suspicion in Ukraine alone include two powerful military radars near Kiev--one in Ochakov and one in Glukhov; the "Shipka" radar station in the Transcarpathian region; the "Zvezda," a secret radar device for the surveillance of objects in space; and the powerful radar systems in Crimea and in the Sevastopol region, where the radiation is so strong that it sometimes lights neon lamps. We could add Lvov, Ivano-Frankovsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Nikolayev (Luch settlement), Yevpatoriya, Kerch, Feodosiya--on the Karadag, and Uman in Cherkassy Oblast (two stations). There is another radar station on the outskirts of the rural community of Batyatichi in Kamenko-Bugskiy Rayon in Lvov Oblast. The situation with regard to the Chernobyl-2 installation, located near the Chernobyl nuclear plant, is not clear. This is the receiver of a long-range communication system which receives and processes radar signals, topped by an antenna as high as a 32-story building. The radar stations near Truskavets and Mukachevo have not been completed.

Radar installations for ABM defense--the new generation of stations for the surveillance of objects in space and ballistic missiles--also made their appearance in other republics of the former USSR. In Russia, in Khabarovsk Kray, an offspring of the Defense Ministry code-named "Krug" has an antenna one whole kilometer in diameter. Twins of the Pestryalovskaya station in Ukraine were located in the Latvian settlement of Skrunda, in Krasnoyarsk Kray, and in Pechora Oblast, and installation No 754--the Gabelinskaya radar station--was located in Azerbaijan. The Krasnoyarsk station has already been closed. Other "brothers of Chernobyl" are still operating. This is true, for example, in the village of Trostyanets in Poltavskiy Rayon in Poltava Oblast, where schoolchildren played in the fields for years near dangerous military surveillance devices.