Dangerous wildfires have broken out across the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone due to shelling from Russian forces, reports claim.
Up to 10 hectares of the forest that surrounds the infamous nuclear disaster site are reportedly engulfed by flames.
The area is under the control of Putin’s military and can’t be accessed by Ukrainian authorities to extinguish the blaze.
Politician Inna Sovsun took to Twitter to warn: “10 hectares of forest are burning in the Chornobyl Zone, caused by Russian shelling.
“It isn't possible to put out the fire now, as this territory isn't controlled by Ukraine.
“We're afraid that the fire will reach the nuclear power plant. The radiation level is already elevated."
Chernobyl, which saw one of the world’s worst ever nuclear disasters in 1986 after a reactor design flaw, is still highly toxic today.
It contains potentially deadly nuclear waste dumps and fuel storage facilities which could cause catastrophe if hit by an uncontrolled fire.
Reports say there are around 31 fires in the exclusion zone that have increased the levels of radioactive air pollution.
Weather conditions risk making the blaze more intense if it becomes windy and dry the situation could become more dangerous.
The worrying news comes after reports that workers at the nuclear site were being held “like prisoners in a concentration camp” by Russian soldiers.
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Nuclear boffins at the plant claimed they had been working at gun point to keep the area safe and are “deeply worried” about a potential nuclear disaster.
The Ukrainian workers were held by Russian forces for nearly four weeks without being rotated before they were finally able to go back to their homes in Slavutych.
Ukraine’s parliament said the “particularly dangerous” fires were probably ignited by the “armed aggression of the Russian federation” and confirmed the blaze with satellite imagery taken by the European Space Agency.
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