The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned Europe over the danger of radioactive and chemical contamination amid the fierce fighting, shelling, missile strikes and airstrikes in Ukraine.
On Wednesday Zelensky told the Japanese parliament that thousands of tonnes of contaminated materials were buried in the exclusion zone of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.
“On February 24, Russian armored vehicles drove across this land, raising radioactive dust,” President Zelensky said, adding that Russia uses a 30-kilometer zone to prepare attacks on Ukraine’s territory.
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Zelensky also told Japans parliament over the shelling of Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which is the largest in Europe.
“The other day, Russian troops fired on a chemical plant. There was an ammonia leak.
“We are being warned about possible chemical attacks, in particular, with the use of sarin, as was the case in Syria,” he said.
On Tuesday the Ukrainian parliament was warned that seven wildfires have broken out near to the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
According to Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications, this is “raising worries that the radiation smoke could spread.”
It is “likely” the seven wildfires was “caused by artillery shelling or arson” and the “area is now controlled by Russian troops, raising worries that radiation” could spread across Europe.