Putin’s invasion fears “could trigger World War III” as the UK withdraws embassy staff and NATO sends in warships and planes.

Ukraine rushes to ‘defend Chernobyl’

The site around the former nuclear power plant remains the most radioactive place on Earth and the area was abandoned after it exploded in 1986.

But as fears of a Russian invasion grow, Ukraine has now moved troops into the desolate region on its northern border with Belarus.

In recent weeks, there have been reports that Belarus, which is an ally of Russia, could be one of the routes that Kremlin forces could use to invade Ukraine.

Russia and Belarus are due to hold joint military exercises in February, Ukraine has now deployed thousands of troops to the area around Chernobyl, The New York Times reports.

The town of Pripyat, next to where Chernobyl used to be and where its workers lived, is now a ghost town.

Chernobyl is partially closed off with workers maintaining the massive ‘sarcophagus’ built over the damaged rotating reactor.

“We don’t know what will kill us first, the virus, radiation or war,” worker Oleksei Prishepa told the newspaper.

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