Kyiv: Russian troops are closing in on the seat of Ukrainian power after taking control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday.
Zelenskyy also warned that the Russian armed forces would seize Kyiv within 96 hours, bringing a ‘new Iron Curtain’ down on Europe, the Daily Mail reported.
Earlier in the day, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal had said that the Chernobyl exclusion zone and all the structures of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant have been captured by the Russian armed groups.
Some Russian military massed in the Chernobyl “exclusion zone” before crossing into Ukraine early on Thursday, a Russian security source had said, adding that Russia wants to control the Chernobyl nuclear reactor to signal NATO not to interfere militarily.
The nuclear plant – the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident – lies 130 kilometers north of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city.
On Thursday, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry tweeted saying that a Russian attack on Ukraine could “cause another ecological disaster.”
Amid Russian military operations, the Ukrainian President is creating an anti-Russia coalition against President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, the Ukranian army provided 10,000 assault rifles to locals to defend the country, Kyiv media reported on Friday.
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