There are plenty of reasons to be seriously alarmed about the situation in eastern Europe at the moment, as Russian troops continue their invasion of Ukraine.
First and foremost, there are the geopolitical ramifications for allowing Vladimir Putin such a wide berth on the world’s stage. The Russian dictator is a someone who is going to take a mile for every inch given, and the rest of the continent is now keeping a keen eye on his posturing.
But there are far more literal issues at stake as well, including the safety of the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which Russia has just gained access to.
Ukraine’s nuclear agency on Friday warned radiation at the defunct Chornobyl nuclear power plant had exceeded control levels after Russian troops seized control of the area.
The reason for the uptick was fairly obvious to experts.
Experts at the state nuclear agency said in a statement that the change was due to the movement of a large number of heavy military machinery lifting the top layer of soil into the air.
The condition of the Chornobyl nuclear facilities and other locations remains unchanged, according to the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine.
The disaster at Chernobyl, (spelling varies), occurred under the rule of the Soviet Union, with the nation acting with extreme negligence in the immediate aftermath of the reactor’s meltdown, which put millions of lives in Europe and beyond at risk.