Russen wirbeln radioaktiven Staub auf infographic
Grafik zeigt den "Roten Wald" und die Sperrzonen rund um Tschernobyl.


Russen wirbeln im "Roten Wald" radioaktiven Staub auf

By Ninian Carter

March 29, 2022 - Russische Truppen, die in Tschernobyl die Atomanlage, Ort der Kaatastrophe vor 36 Jahren, eroberten, führen mit ihren Panzern und anderen Fahrzeugen ohne Strahlenschutz durch den "Roten Wald", wobei sie Wolken von hochgiftigem radioaktiven Staub am Boden aufwirbelten. Dieser Wald ist hochgradig kontaminiert und darf ohne entsprechenden Schutz nicht betreten werden.

During the early hours of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ill-informed Russian troops drove a convoy of tanks and other armoured vehicles, without radiation protection, along a disused road in the “Red Forest” – the most radioactively contaminated zone a few hundred metres west of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.

According to workers at the facility (who supervise the concrete-encased remains of the reactor that blew up in 1986), the soldiers actions kicked up clouds of radioactive dust which was “suicidal” for them as they were not wearing anti-radiation gear and will have inhaled large doses of deadly radiation.

One of the workers says the regular soldiers they spoke to had never heard of the Chernobyl explosion and had only been told it was “critically important infrastructure” – thus ignoring safety advice offered to them by Ukrainian technicians.

The Ukrainian agency that monitors the exclusion zone said on February 27 that the last record it had on a sensor near the site’s nuclear waste storage facilities, before it lost control over the monitoring system, showed that the absorbed dose of radiation was seven times higher than normal.

PUBLISHED: 29/03/2022; STORY: Graphic News