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RADIATION in the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone has terrifyingly exceeded control levels after Russian troops stormed the area, Ukraine has warned.

Putin's men seized control of the historical site on Thursday, with the conditions of the nuclear storage facilities "unknown" at the time.

7The radiation in Chernobyl have exceeded control levels, Ukraine saidCredit: Mediadrumimages/Arkadiusz Podnie

7Experts fear disturbance of the historical site could trigger another nuclear disasterCredit: Mediadrumimages/Arkadiusz Podnie

7Ukraine accused Russian troops of 'disturbing' the area during the siegeCredit: EPA

But data from the automated radiation monitoring system of the exclusion zone now suggests the control levels of gamma radiation dose rate have surpassed safe levels.

Ukraine's State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate blamed the spike on a "disturbance" caused by Russian forces rolling through.

They said the "large amount of heavy military equipment through the exclusion zone" had unsettled the topsoil at the sensitive site.

They warned it had resulted in "the release of contaminated radioactive dust into the air" - amid earlier fears the toxic soot could spread a deadly dust cloud over the whole of Europe.

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The country's interior ministry said it is currently "not critical" for Kyiv, which is situated around 20 miles away from the disaster area.

But they warned they were keeping a close eye on the increase as the conflict continues.

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The statement added that it is "currently impossible to establish the reasons for the change in the radiation background in the exclusion zone because of the occupation and military fight in this territory."

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov insisted levels remained normal.

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He said airborne troops were protecting the plant to prevent any possible "provocations."

It comes just after Ukraine claimed Russian forces had taken workers at the former nuclear power plant hostage after a "fierce" battle.

The President's Office fear their foes may be preparing to provoke the nuclear power plant or "use the damage received during the attack to blame Ukraine."

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry chillingly said the Russian attack "may cause another ecological disaster".

Chernobyl "can happen again in 2022" if the war continues, it said.

The April 1986 reactor explosion and fire killed at least 31 and spewed a huge cloud of radioactive particles into the air.


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It blew across Europe and rained down over thousands of square miles.

The Chernobyl site is still protected by a large exclusion zone where people can only visit for short periods to avoid high doses of radiation.

Last month Ukraine sent reinforcements to the area over fears the defunct nuclear plant could be targeted by Putin.

Jack Keane, a former chief of the US Army staff, said Chernobyl "doesn't have any military significance", but is based on the shortest route from Belarus to Kyiv.

It is feared the siege was orchestrated as part of Putin's plans to seize the capital as part of his "decapitation" strategy to take over.

US intelligence now fears Putin could topple Kyiv in just 96 hours.

Eerie footage from Thursday showed triumphant Russian soldiers standing guard in front of the reactor in tanks and armored vehicles.

'GRAVE CONCERN'

The International Atomic Energy Agency announced they were following the unfolding events with "grave concern".

They urged the warring nations to avoid any actions that could put any of Ukraine's nuclear facilities at risk.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Myhailo Podolyak said: "After the absolutely senseless attack of the Russians in this direction, it is impossible to say that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe."

An estimate of 190,000 Russian troops have been deployed in and around Ukraine as the invasion began in the early hours of Thursday.

But Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the Kremlin "hasn't taken any of its major objectives" after facing much fiercer resistance than expected.

Ukraine claims it has killed or captured 800 troops, destroyed 30 tanks, and shot down seven warplanes as its forces launched a bloody resistance against the Russians.

7Russian tanks have stormed the former Chernobyl nuclear power plantCredit: Twitter

7It is thought Putin's men took over Chernobyl due to its proximity to KyivCredit: Mediadrumimages/Arkadiusz Podnie


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THE Wags have abandoned ship - but are still backing the Three Lions to lift the World Cup.

The England players’ wives and girlfriends have disembarked from the £1bn cruise liner - dubbed HMS Wag - where they have been staying since the start of the tournament.

7The Wags stayed on the MSC World Europa for ten daysCredit: AP 7Some are thought to have moved to the Waldorf Astoria, close to where the final will be playedCredit: Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha 7James Maddison with partner Kennedy Alexa on his day off after the England v Wales matchCredit: Dan Charity 7Conor Coady's wife, pictured in Doha, has moved to different accomodationCredit: Instagram

But in a huge show of confidence some have now checked into a luxury hotel close to where the final will be held on December 18.

A source said: “It’s the perfect location should England make it all the way – which the WAGs are convinced they will, of course.”

A number of players’ relatives have returned home due to family commitments but most are still in Qatar looking forward to Sunday’s last 16 clash with Senegal.

They stayed on the MSC World Europa for ten days where they have been enjoying six swimming pools, 13 restaurants, more than 30 bars and cafes and a sports area complete with bumper cars.

Nearly 7,000 guests in 2,633 cabins have paid up to £6,000 for five-star packages during the World Cup.

The Wags even racked up a £20,000 bar bill on board as they glugged bottles of high-end champagne to celebrate the Three Lions win in the opening game of the tournament.

But Wags including Jordan Pickford’s wife Megan Pickford, Kyle Walker’s girlfriend Annie Kilner and Luke Shaw’s partner Anoushka Santos have all shipped out, as has James Maddison's girlfriend Kennedy Alexa.

Conor Coady's wife Amie and Harry Maguire’s family have also moved to other accommodation.

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Some of the Wags are now thought to be staying at the Waldorf Astoria which has a private beach, its own waterpark and eight restaurants.

The hotel is a short drive from Lusail Stadium where the World Cup final will take place.

The source said: “The ship is amazing and they loved it on board.

“But there are 6,000 football fans on there so the Wags should get a bit more peace and quiet in luxury hotels for the knockout stage.

“What was quite funny is that some of them kept getting lost because they felt that all the corridors looked the same.

“Some are now in exclusive beachside resorts whilst others have booked into posh hotels for some proper R&R."

All of the players’ families have now left the ship. It was always the plan that they would only be on there for the group stage.

7The Waldorf Astoria has its own private beachCredit: Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha 7Jack Grealish and girlfriend Sasha Attwood after England's clash against USACredit: Instagram 7Harry Maguire with wife Fern after the USA gameCredit: World Cup News Pool (WCNP) - England vs USA Topics
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