Invading Russian forces stole spare parts for the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant when they fled from the site, even removing shipping containers from its territory, the plant’s director Valeriy Seyda has said on Radio NV.
“The (Armed Forces of Ukraine) came in today,” Seyda said. “They’re continuing to examine the Exclusion Zone, both for the presence of DRGs (Sabotage and Reconnaissance Groups), and for explosives, and mines. We informed which route we want to make a priority — as soon as they examine it, they will declare it safe to move along, so we will conduct a rotation (of power plant personnel.”
Commenting on the so-called "document" left by the invaders (on agreeing to hand back control of the plant to the staff), the plant director said it was unclear what legal force it had, and plant employees had signed it duress.
“All technological equipment that ensures safety is operating normally, it has not been looted,” Seyda said.
“Spare parts, all this, were taken away to a location unknown. But what was needed to ensure the safety of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant remained intact. We had 15 sea and transport containers, six ‘went missing somehow.’”
The Russian invaders completely left the Chornobyl site and the nearby town of Slavutych on March 31, and set off in several columns towards the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.
Before leaving, they looted the station premises and a hotel in the town of Chornobyl, stealing equipment, as well as teapots and spoons.
According to state energy company Energoatom, the invaders dug trenches and built barriers on the territory of the exclusion zone and in the highly radioactive Red Forest, so they could have been exposed to significant doses of radiation. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, irradiated Russian soldiers were brought to hospital in the Belarusian city of Gomel.
Moreover, Energoatom, citing employees of the ChNPP, also reported that the Russian invaders who left the territory of the plant took with them Ukrainian National Guardsmen who had been in captivity since Feb. 24.
On April 2, the flag of Ukraine was raised at the industrial site of the nuclear power plant. The Ukrainian anthem was also played during the ceremony.