Kremlin troops stormed the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the first day of the invasion and since then excessive levels of gamma radiation have been recorded but it is not clear why
A Ukrainian government organization claims to have recorded excessive radiation levels in Chernobyl after Russian forces occupied the city.
Ukraine’s State Inspection Service for Nuclear Regulation (SINR) said it was unclear what caused the increase in radiation in the city seized following the Russian invasion of Chernobyl yesterday.
However, Russian officials have denied that there has been any level increase and have said they will deploy paratroopers to guard the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.
Pre-invasion reports warned that the uninhabited Chernobyl exclusion zone could become the first to be occupied by Russian invaders due to its proximity to the Russian border and the army’s stationed in Belarus.
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The area has been largely uninhabited since the devastating explosion of a nuclear reactor in the town of Pripyat in April 1986 that sent toxic levels of radiation across the land.
But Ukraine’s SINR claims that data from the exclusion zone’s automatic radiation monitoring system shows excessive levels of gamma radiation at several observation points.
Posting a statement on its Facebook page, it said: “Data from the exclusion zone’s automated radiation monitoring system, available online, shows that control levels of the radiation dose ratio gamma (red dot) was exceeded by a significant number of observations.
“But at present it is not possible to determine the reason for the change in the radiation background in the exclusion zone because of the occupation and military fighting in this territory.”
A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry denied these claims, adding that troops were being deployed to guard the closed power plant.
“Radiation levels at the plant are normal,” he told a news conference on Friday (February 25).
He added that since launching a full-scale military operation in Ukraine on Thursday, the Russian military has destroyed 118 Ukrainian military infrastructure.
Ukrainian officials said it was not possible to determine exactly what caused the increase in gamma radiation levels.
However, the SINR later reported that some experts believed that the incoming Russian troops had sent fallout on the ground as they surrounded the city.
It said: “Such fluctuations in the indicators of the Askro sensors, Ecocentre experts are related to the intrusion of the upper layer of the ground due to the movement of a large number of heavy military equipment through the exclusion zone and into air contaminated with fallout. .
“Status of nuclear facilities and other CAEC objects – no change.”
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