Why would Russia want to take Chernobyl

The Kremlin may not consider the nuclear power plant itself a military asset

 but the site of the 1986 disaster is strategically located between Belarus and Ukraine‚Äôs capital, Kyiv

Few places conjure more foreboding than Chernobyl, the site of the deadly 1986 nuclear disaster

 So alarm bells rang in the West when Russian forces seized the decommissioned power plant in the early hours of their invasion 

Why would Russia make a radioactive wasteland one of its very first targets in Ukraine?

While the full answer may be known only to top officials in Moscow

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