Russian Paratroopers Take Control of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, MoD Says
08:03 GMT 25.02.2022 (Updated: 09:08 GMT 25.02.2022)
Earlier this week, Moscow launched a special military operation in Ukraine, striving to demilitarise and de-Nazify the country amid Kiev's attacks against Donbass. Precision weapons were used to strike Ukrainian military infrastructure, including airfields and air defences.
"Yesterday, on 24 February, units of the Russian Airborne Forces took full control of the territory in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant", spokesman for the Russian military Major General Igor Konashenkov said. "An agreement was reached with the servicemen of a separate battalion protecting the nuclear power plant of Ukraine on joint security of the power units and the sarcophagus of the Chernobyl NPP".
The NPP is located around 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Kiev.
Tensions around Ukraine have been flaring up over the past few weeks, with Ukrainian forces shelling Donbass, prompting a mass evacuation of civilians to Russia. The Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics appealed to Moscow, and Russia recognised them both as independent states, urging Kiev to stop the eight-year-long war.
Moscow stated that the op was launched to protect the people of Donbass. President Vladimir Putin stated that the goal of the operation is the complete demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine, adding that people who have committed war crimes during the Ukrainian war in Donbass should stand trial for their atrocities.
The Ministry of Defence stated that precision weapons have been used to neutralise Ukrainian military infrastructure, adding that there was no threat to the civilian population.