The Russian military that seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Feb. 24 began leaving stations and other exclusion zones on Thursday, Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom said.
“This morning, the intruders announced their intention to leave the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Energoatom told the Telegram.
Russian troops “lined up in two columns towards Ukraine’s border with Belarus” and “a small number” of Russian troops remained at the station, he said.
“There is also evidence that a group of Russian soldiers besieging the town of Slavutych is now being formed to move to Belarus,” he said.
Slavutych placed workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
Since the Russian invasion, there have been concerns about increased radiological risks at Chernobyl.
Chernobyl’s number four reactor exploded on April 26, 1986, causing the world’s worst nuclear accident that killed hundreds of people and spread radioactive contamination westward across Europe.
The site is located near the Belarusian border.
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