The units of Russia’s Airborne Forces (known for the Russian initials as VDV) have taken full control of the territory in the area of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Major General Igor Konashenkov, an official representative for the Ministry of Defense said.
An agreement was reached with servicemen of a separate battalion that protects the nuclear power plant of Ukraine to ensure joint security of the power units and the sarcophagus of the station.
“The radioactive background in the area of the nuclear power plant is normal. NPP personnel continue to service NPP facilities in the normal mode while monitoring the radioactive background,” Konashenkov emphasized.
However, excess levels of radiation have been recorded in Chernobyl after Russian forces took the city, a Ukrainian government organisation has claimed.
The State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine (SINR) said the reasons for increasing radiation in the seized city were unknown after the Russian invasion claimed Chernobyl yesterday.