The Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has warned that Russian soldiers who dug and lived in trenches in the highly contaminated Red Forest in Chernobyl have placed themselves and others in danger of contamination from radioactive material.
Drone footage shows that Russian troops dug trenches and military fortifications in the radioactive dust, which was released by the Ukrainian military on Telegram.
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The Russian soldiers would have received significant radiation exposure while they had occupied the area, according to the Energoatom nuclear plant workers.
They warned that the Russian troops would have inhaled thick radioactive dust kicked up by their vehicles and they did not wear anti-radiation protective equipment.
"When I arrived here, I was shocked." – Ukraine Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy describes what he found at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to @fpleitgenCNN, who was among the first to tour the infamous plant after the Russian army withdrew. pic.twitter.com/6dVhdFl70t
— CNN (@CNN) April 8, 2022
A Ukrainian soldiers told CNN the Russian soldiers “went everywhere, and they also took some radioactive dust on them” when they left the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyy accused Russian forces of locking Chernobyl security staff in an underground nuclear bunker squeezed in tight quarters “for 30 days.”
The Chernobyl staff had no access to fresh air, with no natural light, or were allowed any communication with the outside world.
Just over a week ago a Russian soldier suffered a painful death after he died from radiation poisoning after he fled the Chernobyl nuclear power plant with many others.
Seven busloads of Russian soldiers who were suffering from radiation poisoning later arrived at the Belarusian Radiation Medicine Centre in Gomel, according to the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.
Russian troops occupied the highly toxic 20-mile exclusion zone around the nuclear power plant where people are banned from living there due to the very high levels of dangerous radiation as a result of the worst nuclear disaster ever seen in 1986.
The soldiers foolishly dug trenches in the Red Forest in the highly toxic mud and as a result received “significant doses” of radiation after becoming seriously ill “very quickly.”
One employee at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant said the move was “suicidal” because any dust inhaled by soldiers will almost likely cause deadly internal radiation in their bodies.
He said, “The convoy kicked up a big column of dust. Many radiation safety sensors showed exceeded levels.”
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