The Russian military who had taken control of Chernobyl left the site fearing exposure to radioactivity. This was suggested by Energoatom, the Ukrainian nuclear company, about the city in whose plant the biggest accident in history took place.
In a press release cited by media such as the Reuters agency, the state company indicated: “The information is confirmed that the occupants, who took over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and other facilities in the exclusion zone, have left in two columns towards the Ukrainian border with the Republic of Belarus.
The withdrawal of the troops had been warned by employees of the complex, who remained at their posts, despite the fact that the area was one of the first to be conquered during the hostilities that began on February 24, 2022. The staff “continued to supervise the safe storage of nuclear fuel and the concrete remains of the reactor”, the source pointed out.
Without specifying the number, Energoatom asserted that a small number of invading soldiers remained at the end of this note in Chernobyl, but that they had also withdrawn from neighboring Slavutych, the city where the plant’s workers live.
In a document signed by authorities of both countries, the nuclear company reported that “the Russian side had formally agreed to return to Ukraine the responsibility of protecting Chernobyl.”
Days ago, the same employees warned that the military invaders had been exposed to radioactive dust after going through a highly dangerous area without special protection, which is called “Red Forest.” One of the officials who spoke with Reuters He believed that the action was “suicidal”, since the toxic cloud raised by the armored personnel —which the uniformed men breathed— would cause severe health complications.