Russian forces have captured the Chernobyl power plant, the site of a major nuclear disaster in Ukraine in 1986, after fierce fighting on Thursday.
According to a senior Ukrainian advisor speaking to Reuters, the Russian forces gained control of the power plant, which is located in the abandoned city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine.
Chernobyl captured by Russian forces
Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine early on Thursday, starting a war with the European nation. Vladimir Putin announced the military operation into Ukraine at 5:55 am Moscow time – and minutes later the first shells and missiles were launched into Ukraine.
In the capital of Kyiv, a war siren has gone off, and pictures show streams of cars clogging up an expressway as people flee the city.
Social media testimonies speak to a growing sense of panic, with some saying they are being rushed into bomb shelters and into basements. Television footage has showed people praying in the streets, huddled in groups.