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Tragic: Wildfires threaten the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear plant and waste storage facilities




Greenpeace Russia have released satellite images which they claim show that wildfires in Ukraine came within 1.5 KM from the abandoned nuclear power plant at Chernobyl and the nuclear waste storage facility there.

There are fears the wildfire, if not contained, could release plumes of deadly radiation contained by the concrete dome encasing the plant’s failed nuclear reactor.

The unprecedented wildfires are described as “super huge” and “unpredictable” by Sergiy Zibtsev, the head of the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Centre but Kiev has insisted that the plant at Chernobyl was never in any danger.

The Ukrainian government has dispatched 400 firefighters and a number of helicopters to stop the spread of the fire and protect the nuclear waste storage facilities.

Chernobyl was the site of the world’s worst civilians’ nuclear disaster in 1986 when a core meltdown and explosion killed dozens and led to the evacuation and permeant abandonment of the city of Pripyat.

Radiation was spread across most of Europe and thousands have died premature deaths while thousands more children have been born with horrific birth defects due to the fallout.

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