Inside the Exclusion Zone: Russian hit teams and saboteurs with explosives still stalk the mostly deserted region around Chernobyl where any accident could have huge consequences.

By Tom Mutch, The Daily Beast

Nuclear terror has been the nightmare scenario ever since the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plants got caught up in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


The U.N. nuclear watchdog convened a meeting of Russian and Ukrainian officials last week to plead for sanity to prevail after drones struck Zaporizhzhia—Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant.

While missiles, mines, drones and gunfire continue to be deployed around nuclear plants, the risk of an accident is sky-high.

The threat also remains at Chernobyl where the radiation dust, nuclear waste and shuttered reactor at the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster came under control of Russian forces for five weeks in 2022 after a battle which could easily have caused a second nuclear accident.

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