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Chernobyl power plant captured by Russian forces, says Ukrainian official

"Russian occupying forces are trying to take over the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Our soldiers are giving their lives so that the tragedy of 1986 does not happen again," Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter, referring to the date of the disaster and dubbed the attack "a declaration of war on all of Europe".

February 24, 2022 / 11:11 PM IST
File image: Visitors stand outside the New Safe Confinement structure over the old sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine. (Image: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

File image: Visitors stand outside the New Safe Confinement structure over the old sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine. (Image: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been captured by Russian forces, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, Mykhailo Podolyak, said late on February 24.

"It is impossible to say the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe after a totally pointless attack by the Russians," he said.

"This is one of the most serious threats in Europe today," Podolyak said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had raised an alarm earlier today about Russian forces trying to seize the Chernobyl nuclear plant.