RUSSIAN troops have reportedly rushed out of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant with radiation sickness after digging trenches in contaminated forests.
Seven buses from Vladimir Putin’s Soldiers suffering from acute radiation syndrome have been taken from the exclusion zone to a hospital in Belarus, sources said.
According to the UNIAN news agency, Russian troops have allegedly dug trenches in the highly toxic Red Forest zone.
And according to local workers, Russian soldiers drove through the heavily radioactive area in their tanks and armored vehicles without radiation protection, raising radioactive dust.
A Chernobyl worker branded their actions “suicidal” because the radioactive dust they inhaled was likely causing internal radiation in their bodies.
The two Ukrainian sources said the soldiers in the convoy did not use anti-radiation equipment in the Red Forest – the most radioactively contaminated part of the Chernobyl zone.
Yaroslav Yemelianenko, an employee of the Public Council of Ukraine’s State Agency for Restricted Zones Management, said Russian troops were brought to the Belarusian Center for Radiation Medicine in Gomel.
He wrote on Facebook: “Dig the ditches in Rudu Forest? Now live with it for the rest of your short life.
“There are rules for dealing with this territory. They have to be followed because radiation is physics – it works regardless of status or chases.”
The sick troops were reportedly taken to Belarus in seven buses Putin’s “ghost buses” secretly transport the corpses devastated by the war by young Russian soldiers from Ukraine.
Passengers at a train station in Mazyr in Belarus were “shocked” by the number of bodies being loaded – while hospital staff elsewhere warned of “overcrowded” morgues.
Reports of radiation sickness come after US military sources claimed it Russian forces withdraw from Chernobyl nuclear power plant and back to Belarus in a great descent.
“Chernobyl is [an] area where they [the Russians] are beginning to reposition some of their troops,” a Pentagon official said.
They added that the Russians are “leaving the Chernobyl facility, going away and moving to Belarus.”
The officer continued, “We think they’re leaving, I can’t tell you they’re all gone.”
Earlier Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. saw Russian troops marching north around the capital Kyiv toward or toward Belarus.
He was quick to stress that the US did not view this as a retreat but as an attempt by Russia to resupply, re-equip and then reposition its troops.
“We don’t know exactly where these troops will go,” he said.
It was reported earlier this week radioactive material was stolen from the site of the damaged nuclear power plant.
In the wrong hands, there’s a small risk the materials could be used to make a “dirty bomb,” military experts said live science.
A dirty bomb is a device that combines radioactive material with a conventional explosive.
Chernobyl is [an] area where they [the Russians] begin to reposition some of their troops
The looters also stole radioactive isotopes from a laboratory used to monitor radiation levels at the site.
The Ukrainian state authority blamed Russian troops for it Theft of “unstable” nuclear samples from Chernobyl after looting a £5million laboratory.
It is believed that Putin’s men then destroyed the laboratory, which was full of nuclear waste and located in the radioactive exclusion zone.
The agency – responsible for the site of the world’s worst nuclear meltdown in 1986 – said the stolen radionuclides were “highly active”.
Radionuclides are unstable atoms of chemical elements that emit radiation – the fact that these are now in the hands of the Russians is of great concern.
It said it hopes that with their deadly loot from the November Central Analytical Laboratory, Russian troops “will harm themselves and not the civilized world.”
In a statement, the agency said: “The laboratory contained highly active samples and samples of radionuclides now in enemy hands.”
earlier this month, Ukraine lost all contact with Chernobyl Fears of a potentially dangerous power outage at the site.
Chernobyl is 80 miles north of Kyiv on a strategic route to the capital of Belarus, Putin’s puppet state, where he has 30,000 troops stationed.
Soldiers are said to have fought near the huge sarcophagus sealing the damaged reactor.
After the Russian takeover, the facility lost power, and backup generators with only two days of fuel were left to run the complex.
Chernobyl workers were being held hostage by Russian troops, posing another major risk to the day-to-day operations of the site.
Since the condition of the former power plant’s nuclear storage facilities was “unknown” at the time, there were fears of a dangerous radiation leak following heavy fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
A day after the takeover Radiation levels from Chernobyl have risenaccording to Ukrainian authorities.
Ukraine’s State Nuclear Regulatory Agency blamed the surge on a “disruption” caused by the roll-through of Russian forces.
It said the “large amount of heavy military equipment through the exclusion zone” had upset the topsoil at the sensitive site.
Officials warned that this had led to the “airborne release of contaminated radioactive dust” but said the increase so far was “insignificant”.
Just last week, Forest fires around Chernobyl Triggered by Russian shelling, 25,000 acres of forest are scorched.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk accused Russia of “irresponsible” actions around the occupied Chernobyl power plant as she called on the UN to send a mission to assess the risks.
She claimed Russian forces were preventing firefighters from bringing a large number of fires in the zone under control.
“In the context of nuclear safety, the irresponsible and unprofessional actions of Russian soldiers pose a very serious threat not only to Ukraine, but to hundreds of millions of Europeans,” Vereshchuk said on her Telegram account.
Ukraine’s human rights commissioner Lyudmila Denisova warned that increased radioactive air pollution could threaten neighboring countries.
“Fire control and fighting is impossible due to the capture of the Exclusion Zone by Russian troops,” she wrote on Facebook.
“As a result of the combustion, radionuclides are released into the atmosphere, which are carried over long distances by the wind. This threatens Ukraine, Belarus and European countries.”
The politician warned that failure to act could have “irreparable consequences” for “the whole world”.
“Disastrous consequences can only be prevented by the immediate evacuation of the territory by Russian troops,” Ms. Denisova added.
The April 1986 reactor explosion and fire killed at least 31 people and ejected a huge cloud of radioactive particles into the air.
It blew across Europe and rained over thousands of square kilometers.
The Chernobyl site is still protected by a large exclusion zone, which people are only allowed to visit for short periods of time to avoid high doses of radiation.
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