This was stated at a briefing in Ukraine Media Center by the head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management Yevhen Kramarenko.
“The Armed Forces of Ukraine have entered the Chernobyl site. Now they are setting up checkpoints, setting up their forces and going to start demining. After the Russian military left the Exclusion Zone, we see a very large number of mines along all roads,” Kramarenko said.
He said that there had already been a case of a mine employee being blown up and mines being blown up by animals living in the Exclusion Zone. In addition, the invaders made trenches in the area, dug heavy equipment: tanks, guns. “It seems that they were going to stay there for a long time,” the official commented.
Kramarenko stressed that earthworks in the Exclusion Zone violate the natural barrier against radionuclides, which has been formed since 1986. Thus, the Russians could additionally irradiate or carry particles of radioactive soil and irradiate the environment. According to Kramarenko, mines are also a danger, because the explosion releases radioactive particles.
At the same time, according to experts from the Exclusion Zone Management Agency, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant itself is safe.
As reported, Russian troops that captured the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and other facilities in the exclusion zone marched in two columns toward the Ukrainian border with Belarus on March 31. NNEGC Energoatom later reported that as of the evening of March 31, there were no outsiders at the Chernobyl site.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was seized by Russian troops on the first day of the aggression, February 24. Only on March 20 was it possible to carry out a partial rotation of Chernobyl personnel and evacuation of those who were there.
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