Kremlin troops even dug trenches in the Red Forest — one of the most radioactive places on earth — with evidence suggesting they camped and ate there
Image: Russian Defense Ministry/TASS)
A Russian soldier picked up radioactive material with his bare hands at Chernobyl, his staff are said to have said.
Staffers say troops who seized the nuclear power plant earlier in the war spread radiation across the toxic site.
A soldier is said to have died from radiation poisoning, with images also showing Kremlin forces actually digging trenches in the Red Forest near the facility, a known site where radiation has settled since the 1986 disaster.
Shocked journalists discovered evidence of food and cooking in the Red Forest, suggesting Russian troops spent extended periods in the trenches.
A Russian military food crate that was discovered had radiation levels 50 times higher than naturally occurring levels, CNN reported.
Signs of a fire in the area, with the forest providing the fuel, also mean radioactive smoke may have spread.
Chernobyl officials said the Russian soldiers contaminated the power plant with radioactive material they brought from the forest in their shoes.
As a result, radiation levels at the power plant rose, Ukrainians said at the power plant.
“It’s really crazy,” Ukraine’s Energy Minister German Galushchenko told CNN. “I really have no idea why they did it.
“But we can see that they went in there, the soldiers who went there came back here and the radiation increased.”
Plant officials say that during the Russian occupation, radiation levels rose to slightly above what the World Nuclear Association describes as naturally occurring radiation.
According to Valeriy Simyonov, the site’s chief safety engineer, in one incident a Russian soldier touched a cobalt-60 source at a waste disposal site with his bare hands.
The radiation was so intense that it came off the scales of a Geiger counter.
Chernobyl isn’t an active power plant, but employees are maintaining the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster to prevent further radiation leaks.
The Russians held the facility for a month and access to the site was opened this week, showing how little emphasis Russian soldiers placed on nuclear safety.
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