Map shows how close Putin’s bombing raid was to Chernobyl

A map of Ukraine showing where bombing from Russia landed near Chernobyl.
Multiple targets have been hit across Ukraine, including one near Chernobyl, shown approximately above (Picture: Getty)

An airstrike map appears to show that a military strike hit an area near Chernobyl on Thursday.

Multiple missile attacks have battered Ukraine since Russia launched an invasion likely to spark the worst war on European soil since 1945.

One of those incidents seems to have occurred around the Chernobyl zone, north of Kyiv and west of a major river.

Though it is thought to have been around 26 miles from the exclusion zone around one of the world’s most radioactive areas, the precise location of where the strike hit has not been officially confirmed.

At 8.36am in the Odessa region in the city of Podilsk, a bombing left six dead, seven wounded, and 19 missing, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

Then around two minutes later, in the city of Mariupil, Donetsk region, one person was killed and two were injured during shelling.

An airstrike map of the Ukraine.
An airstrike map from earlier on Thursday morning suggests that Chernobyl, north of Kyiv and west of a major river, was hit (Picture: BNO)
Explosion seen in Kharkiv, Ukraine, as Russia launches night-time attack
A map showing where Pripyat, Chernobyl and Kyiv are in the Ukraine.
An approximate location of the strike near Chernobyl (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

In the city of Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, there were three strikes on military depots and the bridge over the Ingulets River was bombed.

Another missile was captured on camera hitting an airport in Ivano-Frankivsk, western Ukraine.

Chernobyl was the scene of a major nuclear disaster in 1986, when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union.

An exclusion zone still remains in place around the area following the incident 36 years ago, which caused a huge evacuation and has been linked to thousands of deaths since.

Russian missile strike hit airport in Ivano-Frankivsk, western Ukraine
An armoured personnel carrier is seen during tactical exercises, which are conducted by the Ukrainian National Guard, Armed Forces, special operations units and simulate a crisis situation in an urban settlement, in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine February 4, 2022.
An armoured personnel carrier carries out drills with the Ukrainian National Guard in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant earlier this month (Picture: Reuters)

One of the world’s most radioactive zones is protected by Ukrainian forces, with troops seen conducting urban warfare drills there earlier this month.

Meanwhile, tanks are confirmed to be moving from Belarus into Ukraine, with the country under attack on at least three fronts.

Hundreds are feared dead after Russia’s initial attack and it is unclear what will come next, though planes have been sighted over Kyiv.

Experts believe Vladimir Putin wants to topple the Ukrainian Government and instal a puppet regime, while claiming more territory for Russia.

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