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Ukraine Says Russian Army Has Abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Russian troops have occupied the Chernobyl power plant since the start of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.

Kiev:

The Russian military on Tuesday left Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant after weeks of occupation, officials in Kyiv said Thursday.

“There are no more outsiders on the territory of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” the Ukrainian state agency in charge of the Chernobyl exclusion zone said on Facebook.

Earlier in the day, state nuclear company Energoatom said Russian troops had begun leaving stations and other exclusion zones, which they had occupied since the start of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.

“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.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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