When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, their troops immediately seized the plant
Ukrainian troops prepare in case the invaders return to Chernobyl. After Russian troops left Chernobyl, the Ukrainian army has taken control of the site. Radiation levels rose due to earthworks in places such as the well-known Red Forest, where Russian troops dug trenches. Ukraine is not only facing an invader in Chernobyl, it must also fight an invisible enemy, radiation.
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The plant is home to a 1986 nuclear disaster in which portions are not expected to have the ability to support life for hundreds of years, Insider reported.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted the day of occupation: “Russian occupation forces are trying to seize the #Chornobyl_NPP.”
“Our defenders are giving their lives so that the tragedy of 1986 will not be repeated,” he added.