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Reports: Chernobyl Has Fallen to Russian Forces

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The Russian invasion of the rest of Ukraine is ongoing. We have reports that they’re not too far from the capital Kyiv. An airbase 15 miles from the city had been fired upon by Russian forces and the capital could fall within days. Officials have noted that they wouldn’t be shocked if Kyiv is surrounded by Russian troops within the next 96 hours. 

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Russian forces moved into the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine on Monday after Vladimir Putin declared Moscow would recognize these regions as independent states. They would deploy troops on a “peacekeeping” mission. We all knew what was next. The second phase of this invasion began yesterday with Ukraine being attacked on all sides. 

Ukraine doesn’t have the defensive capabilities to defend itself from Russian aircraft and missile attacks. This very well could boil down to an insurgency soon. That is the next decision Joe Biden must make—does he support and arm the rebels or not. Now, we have reports that Chernobyl has been seized by Russian troops who invaded from Belarus (via Associated Press):

President Vladimir Putin ignored global condemnation and cascading new sanctions as he unleashed the largest ground war in Europe in decades, and chillingly referred to his country’s nuclear arsenal. He threatened any foreign country trying to interfere with “consequences you have never seen.”

Ukrainian officials said their forces were battling Russians on a multiple fronts, and had lost control of the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

“Russian forces have captured the Chernobyl power plant north of Kyiv, site of the 1986 nuclear disaster, “after a fierce battle,” according to Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president’s office. He said the condition of the plant and its nuclear waste storage facilities was unknown,” wrote Valerie Hopkins of The New York Times in their live blog.

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New sanctions aren’t going to stop this onslaught. Putin has already prepared for all of this. Ukraine will probably be a de facto part of Russia within the next few days. 

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