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Chernobyl horror as Russian forces invading Ukraine 'may disturb nuclear waste'


After intense gunfire between the forces of the two countries, Russian soldiers entering from Belarus have captured the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Experts have warned that the invasion from the north of Ukraine may have led to damage at the facility, although these reports are yet to be independently verified.

Chernobyl is the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, with radiation in some parts of the region still remaining “dangerously high”.

NBC’s Richard Engel tweeted this afternoon: “Advisor to Ukrainian interior ministry says Russian forces entered Chernobyl and that fighting there destroyed a nuclear waste storage facility.”

However, this was initially reported but was later clarified due to a mistranslation.

He added shortly after: “Clarifying: advisor says heaving fighting MAY disturb nuclear waste.”

After a two-hour-long conflict, Russian forces were reported to be in control of the facility and had taken prisoners.

An adviser for the Interior Minister of Ukraine, Anton Gerashchenko said today, according to LBC: “The invaders from the territory of Belarus have moved into the Chernobyl AES Zone.

“The National Guardsmen, who guard the collectors of unsafe nuclear radioactive waste, are fighting hard.

“If the invaders’ artillery hits and ruins/damages the collectors of nuclear waste, radioactive nuclear dust can be spread over the territory of Ukraine, Belarus and the country of the EU!”

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This came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially declared a military offensive on Ukraine.

In a broadcast this morning, Mr Putin announced he had “decided to conduct a special military operation”.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to the Ukrainian Presidential office, said: “It is impossible to say the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe after a totally pointless attack by the Russians.

This is one of the most serious threats in Europe today.”

Chernobyl would be the shortest, most direct route to the capital Kyiv for Russian forces.

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