Pripyat - Alessio Luna
Pripyat - Alessio Luna

Russian military forces have seized control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukrainian officials say Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak said the “totally pointless attack” on Thursday the 24th of February amounted to “one of the most serious threats in Europe today”.

An explosion at Chernobyl in 1986 led to the worst nuclear disaster in human history, both in cost and casualty.  Ukraine’s president warned such a disaster could happen again if Russia continued its invasion.

“Our defenders are giving their lives so that the tragedy of 1986 will not be repeated.

This is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe”. President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also warned of the possibility of “another ecological disaster” at the site. Ukrainian officials reported radiation levels had been “exceeded” in a number of places in the area, but Russia said that was not the case.

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