Chernobyl in Ukraine: Firefighters battling radioactive forest
08 April 2020 | 10:30 am
Emergency units are trying to contain fires in radiation-contaminated forest near the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear plant. The fires have caused a spike in radioactivity in the area.
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