• Otávio Santiago

Russian troops have captured Chernobyl's former nuclear power after heavy fighting near the Chernoby


Russian troops have captured Chernobyl's former nuclear power after heavy fighting near the Chernobyl exclusion zone, according to an advisor to the Ukrainian presidential office.

Ukrainian troops fought with Russian forces, which invaded the region from Belarus and have seized control of the now-defunct power plant, according to Mykhailo Podolyak, an aide to the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.


The attack came as part of a full Russian invasion of Ukraine, the biggest on a European nation since World War II, with Russian forces claiming to have destroyed more than "70 military targets" and 11 airfields as of Thursday (Feb. 24). Advancing Russian forces have reportedly captured Antonov International Airport on the outskirts of Ukraine's capital, Kyiv.


"It is impossible to say the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe after a totally pointless attack by the Russians," Podolyak said, as reported by Reuters. "This is one of the most serious threats in Europe today. "As one of the most radioactive places in the world, large parts of the Chernobyl exclusion zone have been closed off since the disastrous meltdown of Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986.


In that year, two gigantic explosions at the plant blew off the reactor's 2,000-ton (1,800 metric tons) lid, covering the surrounding 1,000-square-mile (2,600 square kilometers) area with nuclear fallout. The area was later deemed uninhabitable by humans for the next 24,000 years.


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