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Jilly_in_VA

(9,746 posts)
Thu Mar 31, 2022, 11:44 AM Mar 2022

Soldiers 'Irradiated' From Digging Trenches in Chernobyl

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.

The agency said it had also confirmed reports of Russian forces digging trenches in the Red Forest, “the most polluted in the entire exclusion zone.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-troops-suffer-acute-radiation-sickness-after-digging-chernobyl-trenches?ref=home
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Another fcukup by the Russian army..........

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Soldiers 'Irradiated' From Digging Trenches in Chernobyl (Original Post) Jilly_in_VA Mar 2022 OP
I saw this story when I woke up this morn and I thought... TreasonousBastard Mar 2022 #1
Most of them didn't know what they were doing... hunter Mar 2022 #4
irradiated? good llashram Mar 2022 #2
Small wonder that Russia is losing Zambero Mar 2022 #3

TreasonousBastard

(43,049 posts)
1. I saw this story when I woke up this morn and I thought...
Thu Mar 31, 2022, 11:57 AM
Mar 2022

is there no Russian officer who could sidestep the order to encamp inside the worst radiation hazard on the planet?

Russia never gave a rat's ass about its citizens or soldiers and the Stalinist mentality that runs things now is even worse thsn usual.

hunter

(38,204 posts)
4. Most of them didn't know what they were doing...
Thu Mar 31, 2022, 12:10 PM
Mar 2022

... and those who did were afraid to resist their orders.

Zambero

(8,935 posts)
3. Small wonder that Russia is losing
Thu Mar 31, 2022, 12:07 PM
Mar 2022

Their army is largely conscripted cannon fodder. If it included a functional non-commissioned officer corps, which it does not, unforced disasters like this might have been avoided. Ukraine's task is that much easier when the invading foe turns out to be its own worst enemy.

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