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Live Updates: Russians Destroy Chernobyl Laboratory

According to the agency, the lab held "very active materials and samples of radioactive particles that are now in the hands of terrorists, who we hope would injure itself rather than the civilised world." Radionuclides are radioactive elements that are unstable and emit light.

According to the Ukrainian official organisation in charge of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Russian military forces damaged a new laboratory at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that works to enhance radioactive waste management, among other things.
Chernobyl Laboratory

At the start of the conflict, the Russian troops seized the decommissioned factory. The contaminated area surrounding the facility, which was the location of the world's worst nuclear meltdown in 1986, is known as the exclusion zone. The laboratory, which was created at a cost of 6 million euros with help from the European Commission, opened in 2015, according to the state agency.

Another troubling aspect is that radiation monitors around the plant have ceased working, according to Ukraine's nuclear regulatory agency. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, has disputed that Russia's invasion has come to a halt. "Well, first of all, not yet," Russian President Vladimir Putin replied on CNN when asked what Russia has accomplished in Ukraine. He hasn't accomplished anything yet." He emphasised, though, that the military campaign was being carried out "strictly in conformity with the plans and purposes that had been set previously." Putin's major goals, according to Peskov, are to "get rid of Ukraine's military capability" and "guarantee that Ukraine transitions from an anti-Russian core to a stable country."
Chernobyl Laboratory

On Tuesday, Russian forces not only blocked a humanitarian convoy trying to enter besieged Mariupol with badly needed supplies, but also kidnapped some of the rescuers and bus drivers, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He said that the Russians had agreed on the path in advance. "We are trying to arrange stable emergency corridors for Mariupol inhabitants," Zelenskyy said in a nightly video message to the nation.

"Unfortunately, practically all of our initiatives have been sabotaged by the Russian occupiers, either through shelling or deliberate terror." The Russians seized 11 bus drivers and four rescue workers, along with their vehicles, according to Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. She stated that they had no idea what would happen to them. The data could not be verified right away.

On Tuesday, more than 7,000 people were evacuated from Mariupol, but around 100,000 people remain in the city "inhuman conditions, behind a full siege, without food, water, medication, and under daily shelling, under relentless bombardment," according to Zelenskyy. Before the conflict, the port city on the Sea of Azov had a population of 430,000 people.

Negotiations with Russia are progressing "step by step," according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The negotiations are taking place through videoconference between delegates from both sides. "It's extremely difficult." "It can be embarrassing at times," he remarked, without going into detail. In the days leading up to NATO leaders meeting in Brussels to debate the reaction to the conflict in Ukraine, Zelenskyy has had a number of meetings with Western officials.

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