Why would Russia want to take Chernobyl?

“The location is important because of where it sits,” retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, said in an interview.  "If Russian forces were attacking Kyiv from the north, Chernobyl is right there on the way, almost in the way."

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"They want it because they want to take control of the whole effing country," said Evelyn Farkas, who was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia in the Obama administration.  "They want to surround the capital."

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