“There are not many people in this area outside the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” said the Ukrainian State Agency for Management of the Plant’s Territory.
The agency had earlier reported that Russian troops had begun to withdraw from the plant, about 100 km from Kiev. When they left the plant, the Russians “looted facilities, stole equipment and valuables”, the agency blamed.
Picture of the Chernobyl power plant and the ghost town of Pripat – Photo: Gleb Garanich / Reuters
According to the same source, Ukrainian experts will inspect the plant for “explosives”.
US announces withdrawal
The U.S. Armed Forces said on Wednesday that the Russians were beginning to withdraw from the area of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
On Tuesday, the Russians said they would withdraw their troops and reduce their attacks on Kyiv and Chernihiv in the north of the country. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is close to both cities, on the way between Belarus and the Ukrainian capital, which serves as a base for Russian invaders.
“Chernobyl is a region that is moving away from the center and redeploying some of its troops to Belarus,” said a senior U.S. defense official. “We believe they are leaving, but I’m not going to tell them they’ve all gone,” he added.
The UN nuclear agency said on Thursday that it was preparing to send a mission to the radioactive waste center in Chernobyl. Ukraine The Russian military, which controls the site, reportedly withdrew.
“The IAEA is in close consultation with Ukrainian authorities over the deployment of the agency’s first aid and support mission to Chernobyl in the coming days,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.
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