Troops seized management of the Chernobyl website — the place radioactive waste remains to be saved — on February 24, the primary day of the invasion.
“Chernobyl is (an) space the place they’re starting to reposition a few of their troops — leaving, strolling away from the Chernobyl facility and shifting into Belarus,” the US official mentioned.
“We expect that they’re leaving, I am unable to inform you that they are all gone.”
Russian troops additionally captured Europe’s largest nuclear plant at Zaporizhzhia on March 4, sparking alarm when shelling brought on a fireplace at a coaching facility.
United Nations atomic watchdog chief Rafael Grossi visited the separate South Ukraine Nuclear Energy Plant on Wednesday on his first journey to the nation since Russia’s invasion raised fears of a nuclear accident.
Grossi has repeatedly warned of the hazards of the battle — the primary in a rustic with an unlimited nuclear property.
Ukraine has 15 reactors at 4 lively nuclear energy crops, in addition to shops of nuclear waste, together with at Chernobyl — the positioning of the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe in 1986.
With shelling persevering with in a single day, Ukraine and Western powers solid doubt on Russia’s pledge on Tuesday to scale back army exercise round Chernigiv and the capital Kyiv.