According to Ukrainian officials, hundred Russian soldiers were forced to withdraw from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine after suffering “acute radiation sickness.” The Chernobyl facility fell to Russian control on Feb. 24, the first day of the invasion.Not even highly specialized Chernobyl workers were allowed to enter the zone of forest before the war because it’s “the most polluted in the entire exclusion zone”.The troops are now reportedly being treated in a special medical facility in Gomel, Belarus. The Ukrainian agency in charge of the country’s nuclear power stations, said the Russian soldiers had panicked. Local reports suggest that seven buses with the zapped troops arrived in Gomel early Thursday, covered dark.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it could not confirm the claims by Ukrainian state power company Energoatom and was seeking an independent assessment. Energoatom also said the Russian side had formally agreed to hand back to Ukraine the responsibility for protecting Chernobyl.The Ukrainian deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, also made the claim that Russian troops were exposed to radiation. The IAEA announced “assistance and support mission” to Chernobyl in the next few days.