Chernobyl was one of the strategic sites occupied by Russia after the start of the war in Ukraine. Russia captured Chernobyl yesterday. Chernobyl is home to memories of the world’s greatest nuclear disaster. Chernobyl is only 108 km from the Russian capital, Kiev. The fourth reactor at the plant exploded in 1986, shocking the world. Radiation from strontium, cesium and plutonium has had major environmental impacts in Ukraine, Belarus and parts of eastern Russia. It is now an uninhabited area.
Capture of Chernobyl by Russian forces was aimed at capturing Kiev
Although the nuclear disaster occurred 36 years ago, dangerous toxins are still said to be present here. Nuclear debris and radiation from the incident, which left many dead, also affected the health of future generations. Therefore, it is still inaccessible to the general public. Only designated security personnel were allowed in the Iowa restricted area. Hundreds of tons of nuclear debris are still reported in the area where the reactor was located.
Chernobyl had a secure bandage structure to prevent the release of highly radioactive material. Its construction was completed in 2017 at a cost of Rs 170 crore. Its main objectives are to phase out nuclear waste and eliminate the threat of radiation. As a high security area, many are worried that the Russian military will commit any atrocities here. Any kind of negligence can lead to the discharge of nuclear waste. It is a threat to the whole world.
But experts say that is not the case. Russian forces are less likely to carry out large-scale attacks where the reactor stands. They also say that the capture of Chernobyl by Russian forces was aimed at capturing Kiev. Conquering Kiev via Chernobyl is a little easier for Russia. It is reported that Russia does not attach much importance to Chernobyl.