Ukraine’s state agency for managing the exclusion zone said 133 substances were stolen after intruders raided two laboratories during the occupation of the decommissioned nuclear power plant
Careless Russian troops handling dangerous materials at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant could die from radiation poisoning within a year, experts have warned.
Ukraine’s state agency for managing the restricted zone said 133 substances were stolen after intruders raided two laboratories.
A Facebook post said: “Even a small portion of this activity is fatal if handled unprofessionally.”
It comes after Energy Minister German Gulashchenko said Russian troops had exposed themselves to “shocking” levels of radiation.
He explained: “After a month of such exposure, they have a maximum of one year to live. More precisely, no life, but a slow death from disease.
“Every Russian soldier will bring home a piece of Chernobyl. Dead or alive. The ignorance of Russian soldiers is shocking.”
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More than 100 workers and 169 Ukrainian guards were trapped in an underground nuclear bunker for more than a month without fresh air or natural light.
Now pictures have emerged from inside the facility – the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986 – showing a floor covered with discarded clothes, cups and sleeping bags, with underwear and towels hanging on a line under the ceiling hang.
Ukraine’s Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy told CNN it is not known where the Ukrainian guards are, but it is feared they were taken to Russia via Belarus.
“They were held here for 30 days without adequate lighting or food,” he told the American news agency.
“They weren’t allowed outside. On the last day they were taken away from here in an unknown direction. Today, unfortunately, we know nothing about her fate.
“Russian military searched all Ukrainian clothes, personal belongings like dogs, probably looking for money, valuables and laptops. There was looting here. The Russian military stole computers and equipment.”
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.
Chernobyl isn’t an active power plant, but staff maintain 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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