On February 24, Russian troops launched a full-scale invasion in Ukraine and targeted its bases and cities with airstrikes and shelling.
The Russian army captured airfield near capital of Ukraine, Kyiv. It also took control of the Chernobyl nuclear plant. It has attacked Ukraine, from three sides (Land, Sea, Air). So far, 137 people had been killed, including civilians. Ukraine also claimed that 7 Russian planes have been shot down while 50 Russian soldiers have been killed.
Why is Russia Capturing Chernobyl?
The Russian army has deliberately captured the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Chernobyl is the shortest route to reach Kyiv through Belarus. However, it is not very important from a military point of view. It is fastest route from Belarus to Kyiv, just 20 kms from Belarus border. This nuclear plant is located 108 km north of the capital Kyiv.
Destruction At Chernobyl plant
According to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear power plants are operating securely. There has been no destruction of the residual waste and other facilities at the site.
Nuclear accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant
World’s deadliest nuclear accident occurred at the nuclear plant in April 1986. Then, a nuclear reactor exploded and spread radioactive radiation across Europe. This plant is located in Pripyat, which is at a distance of 130 from Kyiv. The reactor has now been covered with a protective device in order to prevent radiation leakage. Entire plant has been disabled. After the Chernobyl accident, 18 million Soviet rubles were required to be spent to free environment from nuclear radiation. After explosion, effect of radiation spread up to 2600 sq. km. According to scientists, no human can live in this place for the next 24 thousand years. It acts as a storage centre for nuclear waste.
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