Russia seized the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station — Europe’s largest — early in the war.
When Russian forces invaded and occupied the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, they dug trenches in one of the world’s most radioactive places.
Russian forces abruptly sped out of the Chernobyl containment area this week after seizing the power plant in the earliest days of the war.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russian troops left mines across “the whole territory” outside the capital, even around homes and corpses.
The Russians allegedly exposed themselves to "significant" radiation and "panicked at the first sign of illness."
The scale of potential devastation at Zaporizhzhya could dwarf that of Chernobyl.
Police and soldiers rushed to evacuate victims – including children and pregnant women – under the hospital's wreckage in the besieged city of Mariupol.
Emergency generators are now supplying backup power at the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the attack "a declaration of war against the whole of Europe."
Greenpeace Russia warned Monday that the fires, which have been burning for more than a week, could disperse atoms that emit radiation.