An adviser to Ukrainian president says that Ukraine has lost control over the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant after a fierce battle.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Zelenskyy, says the condition of the plant’s facilities, a confinement shelter and storage of nuclear waste is unknown.
A nuclear reactor in then-Soviet Ukraine exploded in April 1986, spewing radioactive waste across Europe in the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The exploded reactor has been covered by a protective shelter to prevent radiation leak and the entire plant has been decommissioned.
Podolyak said that after the “absolutely senseless attack of the Russians in this direction, it is impossible to say that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe.”
He charges that Russia may mount provocations there and described the situation as “one of the most serious threats to Europe today.”