Ukraine Officials: The ‘Chernobyl Radiation’ Has Exceeded Normal Levels Following The Invasion

Ukraine claims that radiation levels at the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power station “exceeded” customary norms. The shift was ascribed to “disturbance of the top layer of soil by the passage of a radio heavy military machinery through the Exclusion Zone and rise in air pollution.” Russia has refuted the Ukrainian government’s assertion.

On Friday, Russian army authorities acknowledged that they had captured Chernobyl from Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was outraged by the announcement. Moreover, on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin launched a full-fledged invasion of Ukraine, sending hundreds of troops across the border in the early hours of the morning.

Following the greatest nuclear tragedy, the Chernobyl nuclear power station was decommissioned in the 1980s. Its concrete-encased reactor is on 1,000 square kilometers of no man’s land. Before the plant was taken, Zelenskyy tweeted, “This is a declaration of war on the entire continent of Europe.”

According to Ukrainian nuclear scientists, radiation levels in the Chernobyl exclusion zone have risen since Russia’s invasion. After launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Russian soldiers conquered the area. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), radiation levels do not constitute a concern.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has determined that radiation levels from Ukraine’s nuclear facilities pose no risk to the public. Higher radiation levels recorded by Ukraine might result from big military vehicles churning up soil polluted by the 1986 event. On February 24, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Ukrainian authorities had informed them of the seizure of its nuclear facilities.

Therefore, the Russian military claims to have complete control of the area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power facility. According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov, radiation levels are normal. In April 1986, one plant’s reactor accident impacted vast portions of Ukraine and neighboring Belarus. The still-radioactive location is located around 130 kilometers from Kyiv.