The soldier was part of a team that captured the power plant in the early days of the war before occupying the 20-mile exclusion zone around it
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A Russian soldier was reportedly killed by radiation from Ukraine’s damaged Chernobyl nuclear power plant after his unit camped in a toxic forest.
The soldier was part of a team that captured the power plant in the early days of the war before occupying the 20-mile exclusion zone around it.
They dug trenches in radioactive sludge and their trucks kicked up radioactive dust as they drove over dirt roads. The telegraph reports.
Russian forces have withdrawn from the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, although Ukrainian officials said some Russians are still in the radioactive “exclusion zone” around it.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense stated: “The Russian occupiers have left the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
“Two main reasons: losses at the hands of the Ukrainian army and exposure to radiation.”
Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear company said Thursday most Russian forces that occupied the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after invading Ukraine have evacuated the decommissioned plant, suggesting that concerns about radiation drove them away.
Although Russian troops took control of Chernobyl soon after the invasion on February 24, the plant’s Ukrainian employees continued to oversee the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel and monitored the concrete-encased remains of the reactor that blew up in 1986 and caused the world’s worst nuclear accident.
State-owned company Energoatom said those workers had signaled earlier Thursday that Russian forces were planning to leave the territory.
“The information is confirmed that the occupiers who seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and other facilities in the exclusion zone left in two columns towards the Ukrainian border with the Republic of Belarus,” the statement said.
It said a small number of Russian troops remained at Chernobyl, but did not specify how many.
Russian forces have also withdrawn from the nearby town of Slavutych, where Chernobyl workers live, sources said.
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