Ukraine reports Russian withdrawal from Chernobyl

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Five weeks after the capture of the Chernobyl nuclear ruins, Russian troops have begun to withdraw from restricted territory in northern Ukraine. “This morning the invaders announced their intention to leave the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Ukraine’s nuclear power company Energoatum said on Telegram today. Russian troops will now “march in two columns towards the Ukrainian-Belarusian border”.

Energoatom said a “small number” of Russian troops are still in the nuclear complex. In addition, “evidence that a column of Russian troops besieging the Slavutish city is currently forming, which is to go to Belarus”. Slavutish is near Chernobyl. A town near the Belarusian border has technicians working at the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The US Defense Department had already yesterday called for the withdrawal of Russian armed forces from the area around the nuclear ruins. On February 24, the first day of their invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces took control of the Chernobyl nuclear ruins.

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