The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has long been the most cogent symbol of the Soviet Union’s vast ineptitude, and a reminder, for all of time, that the Kremlin cares not for the fate of man as a whole.
The disaster that occurred there in April of 1986 will forever be remembered as the moment that the world could no longer trust the Soviets, (and the Russian government that was spawned in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union).
Now, as Russia invades Ukraine wholesale, fighting has broken out at the apocalyptically-dangerous site.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday claimed that Russian forces stationed in Belarus were trying to seize Chernobyl, the former nuclear power plant, as incursions continued across the country.
A Ukraine advisor to Interior Ministry Anton Gerashchenko said in a Facebook post that the Russian forces entered the exclusion zone from Belarus and that Ukrainian national guardsmen were “fighting hard” to defend the area.
“If the invaders artillery hits and ruins / damages the collectors of nuclear waste , radioactive nuclear dust can can be spread over the territory of Ukraine, Belarus and the country of the EU!” the advisor claimed.
There have already been reports of a nearby nuclear waste storage facility having been destroyed by Russian troops, with the radioactive fallout situation still unknown as of this writing.
Should the Chernobyl plant itself be compromised, the whole of Europe could suffer from an extended nuclear winter.