UKRAINE has rushed forces to protect the area around Chernobyl over fears the disaster area could be the target of a Russian invasion.
The site around the former nuclear plant is still the most radioactive on earth, and the area has since been abandoned. boomed in 1986.
But in fear of a Russian invasion, Ukraine has now moved troops to a desolate area on its northern border with Belarus.
In recent weeks it has been reported that Belarus, an ally of Russia, could be one of the routes that Kremlin forces could use to invade Ukraine.
With Russia and Belarus holding joint military exercises in February, Ukraine has now deployed thousands of troops to the area around Chernobyl, New York Times report.
The town of Pripyat, next to where Chernobyl stands and where its workers live, has now become a ghost town.
Chernobyl itself was partially closed with workers maintaining the giant ‘coffin’ built over the damaged reactor turning in and out.
One worker, Oleksei Prishepa, told the newspaper: “We don’t know what will kill us first, virus, radiation or war.
The Kremlin has denied any plans of military action in Ukraine though Satellite image of army and tanks inside Belarus, within striking distance of Kiev.
The Chernobyl disaster claimed the lives of 31 people as well as exposing thousands of people and animals to potentially fatal radiation.
Soldiers deployed to the area must wear devices around their necks to monitor radiation exposure.
It took place as Ukraine was preparing for war with a general promising that their forces would “rip the Russians apart with their bare hands”.
This country was determined to repel any possible attack with its forces already armed with anti-tank weapons by Britain.
Weapons are also intended for equipment Ukrainian guerrillas will continue the war.
Vladimir Putin has about 100,000 troops and heavy armor stationed near the Ukrainian border after talks with prevent a bloody conflict did not achieve a breakthrough.
We don’t know what will kill us first, virus, radiation or war
Fear of an invasion prompted Britain and America to begin withdraw embassy staff and their families.
Meanwhile Joe Biden is reportedly considering sending 50,000 US troops to Eastern Europe to counter any Russian attack.
Additional ships and planes could also be sent to warn Putin to back off, the person claimed.
Initially, the plans would have up to 5,000 personnel deployed in NATO allies in the Baltic – increasing to 10 times that number should the situation deteriorate.
Biden does not want the United States to attack on Ukrainian soil, fearing a repeat of his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Denmark and Spain are also sending planes and ships to Eastern Europe, and France has put troops on standby as Nato strengthens its “deterrence capabilities”.
Today, Russia responded to a warning that it would “appropriately respond” to any US deployment on its doorstep.
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