Chernobyl nuclear site taken by Russian forces, hostages inside

A Ukrainian official confirmed that Russian forces have taken control of the Chernobyl nuclear site.

A skirmish started with Russian troops on Thursday at the Chernobyl nuclear site. President Zelenskyy also stated that the Chernobyl staff has been taken hostage. Experts are predicting that troops will March into the capital city.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said the National Guardsmen at the site who fought the Russian troops guarded the “collectors of unsafe nuclear radioactive waste,” adding that artillery damage to the collectors could spread “radioactive nuclear dust” across Ukraine, Belarus and European Union countries.

In the Mirror report, Podoliak expressed concern over what kind of impact the Russian troops might have on the historic site.

“Either they will use the damage received by the facilities during the attack to blame Ukraine for this, or they will damage these undoubtedly most dangerous facilities themselves,” he said.

Podoliak added that the takeover is “one of the most serious threats to Europe today,” the Mirrorreported. “Knowing the habits of the Russians, they are probably already preparing provocative things at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” he added.