Russia occupies Ukraine`s nuclear power plant
Published: 15:56 25 February 2022 Updated: 15:57 25 February 2022
Chernobyl nuclear power plant
Russian troops have occupied the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. Russian troops have detained the workers of the power plant.
Chernobyl is one of the most important routes from Belarus to Kiev.
Machael Padluck, an adviser to the prime minister's office, said the Russians had occupied Chernobyl after a fierce battle. 'We don't know what's going on there now,' he said.
Alina Shevtsova, an adviser to the commander of Ukraine's defense forces, confirmed the incident to the BBC and told the BBC that some have been taken to hostage by the Russian troops.
According to Reuters, Russian troops began advancing further inland after gathering in the forbidden areas of Chernobyl.
The White House has expressed outrage at the Russian occupation of Chernobyl. According to various sources, the abandoned Chernobyl power plant is very important to the Russians.
Russia wants to take control of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor to signal to NATO that it will not intervene militarily, a military official said on condition of anonymity.
In a tweet shortly before the Russian military took control of the power plant, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, 'Our fighters are sacrificing their lives to prevent a repeatation to the tragic events of 1986. It is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe.'
Most of Europe was covered in clouds of radioactive material after the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine.
Decades after that catastrophe, Chernobyl became a tourist destination. The area was closed to tourists about a week before the Russian invasion.
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