Russian troops enter Chornobyl Exclusion Zone from Belarus

24 February 2022, 07:35 PM

Russian troops have entered the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone from the territory of Belarus, the advisor to the Interior Ministry, Anton Herashchenko, said on Feb. 24 on his Telegram channel.

"Servicemen from the National Guard, guarding nuclear waste storage sites, are resisting the enemy,” he said.

“If the nuclear waste storage is destroyed as a result of artillery strikes by the invaders, radioactive dust could cover the territories of Ukraine, Belarus and EU countries,” Herashchenko added.

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1656 UPDATE: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Russian invaders were trying to seize the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.

“Our defenders are giving their lives so that the tragedy of 1986 does not happen again…This is a declaration of war on all of Europe,” the president said.

Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the chief-of-staff to the Office of the President of Ukraine, said at a briefing that, according to operational data, several Russian sabotage and reconnaissance groups were planning to carry out a terrorist attack at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in order to provoke a “powerful environmental disaster.”

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry emphasized that the National Guard, police, and border guards have not abandoned their posts and are resisting.

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