Russian troops were likely exposed to high levels of radiation at Chernobyl

Although Russian forces have already left the area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukrainian authorities warn that the soldiers were likely exposed to high levels of radiation.

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Indeed, they would have deliberately shaken off radioactive dust by driving armed vehicles through the “red zone”.

Videos taken by drones also show that trenches have been dug in “contaminated” areas, according to the BBC and the New York Times.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said it was unable to independently verify claims made by Ukrainian troops.

“It is of the utmost importance that the Agency go to Chernobyl so that we can take urgent measures to help Ukraine ensure nuclear security there,” said the agency’s director general.

“I am in close consultation with our Ukrainian counterparts to organize such a visit as soon as possible.”

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was besieged by Russian troops on the first day of the invasion, February 24.

Even if the Ukrainian authorities were able to continue to watch over the site, they had to do so accompanied by often ill-informed Russian soldiers.

“We constantly had to negotiate with them, and try not to offend them so that they would continue to let our staff run the plant,” engineer Valeryi Semonov told the BBC.

He also said that they had to use all their resources and resort to extreme measures to ensure the proper functioning of the plant, even after losing electricity for several days.

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