Zelensky: Russia is trying to capture the Chernobyl plant

Photo: AP Photo / Mykola Tymchenko

Russian forces have moved into an area near the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, according to Ukrainian authorities.

“Our forces are sacrificing their lives to prevent a recurrence of the 1986 tragedy,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyk wrote on Twitter.

He called the attack a declaration of war on the whole of Europe.

In the same message, Zelenskyj wrote that he has reported the attack to Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.

According to the news agency AFP, the fighting in the area is ongoing with several clashes.

An adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister says Russian forces are close to the former nuclear power plant, where the most serious nuclear accident in the world took place in 1986, Reuters reports.

Chernobyl is located about 130 kilometers from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Background: Russian attack on Ukraine

In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.

Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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