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1452, 31 Mar 22

Radiated Russian Soldiers Withdraw

Yikes. One can empathize for the soldiers while still condemning their nation.

Several hundred Russian soldiers were forced to hastily withdraw from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine after suffering “acute radiation sickness” from contaminated soil, according to Ukrainian officials.


The troops, who dug trenches in a contaminated Red Forest near the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history, are now reportedly being treated in a special medical facility in Gomel, Belarus. The forest is so named because thousands of pine trees turned red during the 1986 nuclear disaster. The area is considered so highly toxic that not even highly specialized Chernobyl workers are allowed to enter the zone.


Energoatom, the Ukrainian agency in charge of the country’s nuclear power stations, said the Russian soldiers had panicked and fled.


“It has been confirmed that the occupiers who seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and other facilities in the Exclusion Zone set off in two columns towards Ukraine’s border with Belarus. The occupiers announced their intentions to leave the Chernobyl nuclear power plant this morning to the Ukrainian personnel of the station,” the agency said in a statement on Telegram, adding that a small number of Russians still remained at the facility.


1452, 31 March 2022


  1. Mar

    Russia must have a scientist as dumb as the fake doctor Fauci running their nuclear program.
    Even an amateur scientist could have figured this out.

  2. Merlin

    I doubt if we’re talking about Tier 1/2 troops with radiation detection kit who would have known better than to squat in a hot zone in the first place. This reads more like poorly trained, poorly equipped, and highly expendable conscripts sleeping where they were told to sleep and digging where they were told to dig. Wouldn’t be a bit surprised if three months ago they were farmhands and fry cooks who had never been outside of their hometowns.

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