Invading Russian forces have managed to capture the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after a brief war with Ukrainian forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a war on Ukraine and Russian troops have entered Ukraine from all the three sides.
Chernobyl is the site for one of the most devastating nuclear disasters in history.
It caused a major embarrassment for erstwhile Soviet Union regarding its technical capabilities.
The plant, also known as Vladimir Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, is located near the city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine on the banks of river Pripyat.
The plant was commissioned in 1977 and consisted of four RBMK-1000 reactors. It was the first nuclear plant on Ukrainian soil and third in Soviet Union.
The reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl power plant exploded and caught fire in 1986. It resulted in emission of radioactive material into the sky.
The radioactive strontium, caesium and plutonium affected Ukraine and neighboring Belarus, as well as parts of Russia and Europe.
A number of direct and indirect deaths were reported due to effects of the radiation caused by the nuclear disaster.
The Soviet authorities decommissioned the plant and constructed a sarcophagus to limit radiation.
Still, the catastrophe seems to have contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union few years later.
Reasons for capture
The plant zone lies between the Belarus-Ukraine border and the Ukrainian capital. It is a strategic location for Russian troops to enter Ukraine.
There was a belief that Ukraine would destroy the plant to spread radiation and prevent Russian troops from advancing into the country.
Russia also wanted to make sure that their shelling or rocket attacks did not cause damage to the structure resulting in radiation leak.