January 29, 2023

Zhelensky says Russian forces are trying to capture the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said on Thursday that Russian forces were trying to seize control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Enabling message: “Our defenders are giving their lives to prevent the tragedy of 1986 from happening again … this is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe, “Zhelensky said. Wrote in a tweet.

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine a The tweet also warned Russia’s attack on Ukraine could “cause another environmental catastrophe.”
  • “In 1986, the world saw the biggest technological disaster in Chernobyl … If Russia continues the war, Chernobyl could happen again in 2022,” the ministry wrote.

Large image: The Chernobyl power plant was the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 1986, when a nuclear reactor exploded and sent radioactive pollution across Europe. AP Notes.

  • The plant is located 80 miles north of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

Thought bubble From Andrew Friedman of Axios: Reports of the Battle of Chernobyl The lands around the power plant are called the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone because of the high levels of radiation.

  • In addition, ammunition – firearms, artillery shells, missiles, attacking facilities – can emit radiation and threaten citizens of nearby EU countries. However, Russian soldiers may have been aware of the dangers and may have intended to defend the area in order to move troops directly to Kiev.

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