KYIV, Feb 24 (Reuters) –
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been captured by Russian forces, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, Mykhailo Podolyak, said on Thursday.
“It is impossible to say the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe after a totally pointless attack by the Russians,” he said.
“This is one of the most serious threats in Europe today,” Podolyak said.
Russian troops took over the power plant while Ukrainian forces battled them on three sides on Thursday after Moscow mounted an assault by land, sea and air in the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two.
Some Russian military massed in the Chernobyl “exclusion zone” before crossing into Ukraine early on Thursday, a Russian security source said.
Russia’s attack on the biggest in Europe Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. It is the 1st ever open fire on a nuclear facility!
Yaroslav Zheleznyak Ukrainian MP, said that Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Station is SIX times riskier than Chernobyl Station.
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The Russians plundered the Central Analytical Laboratory in Chernobyl worth 6 million euros.
“The Russian invaders plundered and destroyed the latest Central Analytical Laboratory in the city of Chernobyl, which is a unique complex with powerful analytical capabilities and can provide services at any stage of radioactive waste management, from conditioning to disposal, as well at stages of research and development of technologies.
It is specified that on the basis of the laboratory there were highly active samples and samples of radionuclides – now they are in the hands of the Russians.