Ukraine-Russia war live – Nuclear threat soars as Chernobyl shelling resumes; plus Putin makes Boris Johnson enemy

NUCLEAR threats escalate as the Chernobyl nuclear plant staff are under shelling bombardment from Russian troops.

The shelling has created fears that increased volatility in the area could trigger another disaster.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog expressed “concern” that Russian forces are shelling Ukrainian checkpoints in the city of Slavutych.

Its director-general Rafael Grossi said the incident came “just a few days after technical staff at the Chernobyl (plant) were finally able to rotate and go to their homes in Slavutych and rest after working for nearly four weeks without a change of shift”.

Russian forces took control of the plant on February 24 resulting in around 100 Ukrainian technicians working for nearly four weeks without being rotated.

The news comes as Boris Johnson has been described as the “most active anti-Russian leader” by the Kremlin.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, singled out Johnson as Nato leaders gathered in Brussels after he urged the West to sanction President Putin’s gold reserves.

Dmitry Peskov said: “We see him as the most active participant in the race to be anti-Russian,” Peskov said. “It will lead to a foreign policy dead end.”

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