FOREST FIRES caused by Russian shelling have reportedly erupted in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
About 31 fires in the exclusion zone have been recorded and are believed to be causing increased radioactive air pollution.
And they are believed to cover 25,000 hectares of forest near the Russian-occupied nuclear power plant.
Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun said: “It is not possible to put out the fire now because this area is not controlled by Ukraine.
“We fear that the fire will reach the nuclear power plant. The radiation is already increased.”
Russia’s troops have set up camp and withdrawn as radioactive dust has made it impossible to conduct military operations, Ukraine’s chief of staff said.
The flames could also engulf nuclear fuel storage facilities and nuclear waste storage facilities, it has been warned.
Dry and windy weather increases the intensity and area of fires, which can lead to widespread fires.
It comes after Russian armed forces Missiles fired at a nuclear research facility in besieged Kharkiv.
Emine Dzheppar, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister, warned that this could lead to a major environmental disaster.
And Chernobyl workers were too tired to carry out safety repairs at Chernobyl, increasing the likelihood of a nuclear disaster, Ukraine warned earlier this month.
Employees were forced to work tirelessly and were not replaced for weeks.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said: “The Ukrainian regulator has informed the IAEA that Chernobyl personnel are no longer performing repair and maintenance work on safety-related equipment.
“This is partly due to their physical and mental exhaustion after working non-stop for almost three weeks.”
The plant also lost power this month as Ukrainian authorities lost all communications with workers.
Power lines to the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster were damaged during fighting between Ukraine and Russia, requiring the plant to rely on backup generators to avert a disaster.
Putin’s troops took control of Chernobyl last month when they invaded Ukraine for the first time.
radiation levels exceeded the control limits as a result of heavy military equipment rolling through.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4987773/chernobyl-radiation-fear-wildfire-shelling/ Chernobyl radiation comes to a head as 31 huge WILDFIRES sparked by Russian shelling burn 25,000 acres of exclusion zone