Ukraine says it has lost control of the Chernobyl nuclear site after a fierce battle with Russian troops. Chernobyl was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986.

Russian troops took over the power plant while Ukrainian forces battled them on three sides on Thursday after Moscow mounted an assault by land, sea and air in the biggest attack on a European state since World War II.

After a fierce battle, Ukrainian control over the Chernobyl site was lost. The condition of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, confinement, and nuclear waste storage facilities is unknown,” said Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to head of Chernobyl plant.

Recently, engineers completed the construction of the New Safe Confinement (NSC). The NSC was supposed to stabilize the site, which is still highly radioactive and full of fissile material. But the ensuing explosions launched radioactive fallout into the atmosphere across Europe.

US President Joe Biden said US troops are not and will not be engaged in conflict with Russia in Ukraine. “Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our NATO allies and reassure those allies in the East,” he added.  

“It is impossible to say the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe after a totally pointless attack by the Russians. This is one of the most serious threats in Europe today.” – An adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, Mykhailo Podolyak, said.

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