Russian Forces Capture Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, Airport Outside Kyiv

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The deserted city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, March 23,2016 (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

Russian forces recorded the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after fights in the nuclear exemption zone on Thursday night regional time, Ukrainian authorities stated.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukraine’s workplace of the president, validated that the reactor was in Russian hands, according to Reuters.

Ukrainian authorities alerted earlier that damage to nuclear storage centers might sendout “radioactive dust” throughout Europe.

“Russian profession forces are attempting to take the” Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated in a Twitter post. “Our protectors are providing their lives so that the disaster of 1986 will not be duplicated….This is a statement of war versus the entire of Europe.”

Russian profession forces are attempting to take the #Chornobyl_NPP. Our protectors are providing their lives so that the catastrophe of 1986 will not be duplicated. Reported this to @SwedishPM. This is a statement of war versus the entire of Europe.

— Володимир ЗеленськCHELOR’SDEGREEий (@ZelenskyyUa) February 24, 2022

The Chernobyl reactor was the website of the worst nuclear catastrophe in history, when the core of the reactor melted down. Anton Herashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior, composed on Facebook that Russian forces had moved to Chernobyl from Belarus, Ukraine’s northern next-doorneighbor.

“National Guard soldiers accountable for securing the storage system for harmful radioactive waste are putting up strong resistance,” Herashchenko composed, in an English translation published by the New York Times. If an surge pierces the encasement of the reactor, “radioactive dust might cover the area of Ukraine, Belarus and the nations of the European Union.”

Later on Thursday, Polodyak likewise validated that Russian forces hadactually recorded the Antonov Airport in Hostomel, an global freight airport anumberof miles outdoors of Kyiv. Russian forces landed at the airport earlier on Thursday, with the intent of flying more soldiers in, according to CNN:

CNN’s Matthew Chance reports from an airbase exterior the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, where Russian air-borne soldiers are engaged in a fire battle with the Ukrainian military

— CNN (@CNN) February 24, 2022

The attack on Chernobyl came amidst a Russian intrusion of Ukraine from the north, east, and the southern Crimea peninsula.

Ground forces started to put throughout the Russia-Ukraine border early Thursday earlymorning regional time, hours after an aggressive aerial barrage targeting essentially every significant Ukrainian city, consistingof the capital city of Kyiv; Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine, which sits simply 20 miles from the Russian border; and Odessa, the tactically important southern port city.

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry stated earlier on Thursday that there are hundreds of casualties, however it was not rightaway clear how numerous of those were injured or dead.

Meanwhile, a senior U.S. Department of Defense authorities stated Russia would mostlikely effort to setup a puppet routine in Kyiv.

“Our evaluation is they have every intent of beheading the federalgovernment and settingup their own approach of governance,” the authorities informed pressreporters. “We sanctuary’t seen a standard relocation like this, nation-state to nation-state, giventhat World War II, and if it unfolds the method that hereto we think it will come to, it has every possible to be really bloody, extremely pricey, and really impactful on European security writ big.”

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