Russian troops entered the Chernobyl zone, a battle is going on directly near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
This was announced by Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, on his page in Telegram.
“Important information about the Russian invasion! The troops of the occupiers from the territory of Belarus entered the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone. The National Guardsmen guarding the storage of unsafe radioactive waste put up stubborn resistance. If the storage of nuclear waste is destroyed as a result of artillery strikes of the occupiers, then radioactive dust may cover the territory of Ukraine, Belarus and countries EU!”.
The decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin to unleash a war against Ukraine turned into the start of the process of self-liquidation of the country’s financial market and its economy. According to the Internet portal finanz.ru, at the auctions of the Moscow Exchange on Thursday, February 24, the fall of the ruble reached historical lows, and the stock market experienced a record fall in a quarter of a century of its history.
The dollar exchange rate reached 89.6 rubles, and the euro – 99.99 rubles, and continues to grow. In offshore trading, the dollar exceeded 90 rubles, and the euro was traded above 100. Not even an hour passed of trading, as the Moscow Exchange announced that they had stopped. Operations resumed at 10:00 Moscow time, and the collapse continued. The fall of the RTS index, which reflects the dollar capitalization of 43 largest companies, was 35.2 percent, the ruble index of the Moscow Exchange – 28.8 percent, that is, more than during the 2008 global financial crisis or after the 1998 default, writes dw.