The most contaminated place on Earth

Radiation detectors sound in buildings near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after Russian troops dug trenches in the most contaminated places on the planet.

Soldiers have now evacuated the toxic Chernobyl hotbed, with Ukrainian officials alleging soldiers “carelessly” spread radioactive dust throughout the area.

Workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (NPP), site of the 1986 nuclear disaster, have warned Russian troops were kicking up clouds of radioactive dust after driving armored vehicles into an area.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said it had been unable to independently verify reports suggesting Russian forces had received “strong radiation dose”.

The UN’s atomic watchdog wants to make sure the site is safe. Photo / Maxar Technologies

“It is of paramount importance that the IAEA visit Chernobyl so that we can take urgent action to help Ukraine ensure nuclear safety and security there,” Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said. .

The nuclear watchdog was still unable to access the site on Friday, but said “the agency’s priority was to send safety, security and safeguard personnel to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant as soon as possible. as possible”.

CNN reported that Ukrainian officials released drone footage of what they said were trenches dug by Russian soldiers in this area – which was particularly radioactive.

Although Ukraine has repelled Russian forces elsewhere in the country, it expects another attack from the east as Russia tries to surround Ukrainian troops fighting in the neighboring Donbass region. Photo/Getty Images

The publication reported seeing a Russian military ration box that showed radiation levels 50 times higher than natural values.

The Russian military held Chernobyl for a month and was thought to operate in contaminated areas most of the time.

“It’s crazy, really,” Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko told CNN at the plant.

“I really have no idea why they did this (going to the Red Forest).

“This containment is supposed to have electricity, it’s supposed to have the ventilation system and so on.

“When the country cannot control this, and we are responsible, Ukraine is responsible for security, of course it is a threat.”

It comes as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

While a handful of other leaders have visited kyiv since the Russian invasion, Johnson’s trip marks one of the most high-profile face-to-face encounters with Zelenskyy. He is the first leader of the Group of 7 (G7) most industrialized nations to meet the Ukrainian president in person during the war.

Notably, US President Joe Biden did not set foot on Ukrainian territory during his talks in Europe two weeks ago. But at that time, Russian forces were still trying to take the Ukrainian capital.

– by Mitchell Van Homrigh,

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