Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Friday that the Russian forces now have control over the ‘no-go-zone’ of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is a 2,600-square-km zone of forest surrounding the shuttered plant, which lies between the Belarus-Ukraine border and the Ukrainian capital.

Podolyak called it ‘illogical’ to suggest that the power plant is safe after the Russian strike in Ukraine and this is one of Europe’s most severe threats. He also stated that Russia intends to control the Chernobyl plant to prevent NATO’s militarily intervention.

Russian troops took control of the power plant on Thursday while forces in Ukraine fought them on three sides after the country attacked through land, sea and air. The invasion is the largest attack in the history of the world since World War Two.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainian officers fought to defend the plant so history would not be repeated calling the attack ‘declaration of war’ against the whole of Europe and not just Ukraine.

In 1986, a nuclear accident occurred at reactor No. 4 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in the Soviet Union. It is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history both in cost and casualties.

After the invasion, Russian troops entered the Chernobyl zone which had become a popular tourist attraction after the disaster in 1986. It was closed for travellers about a week prior to the attack.

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