Russian troops have returned control of the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl to the Ukrainians and left the heavily contaminated site early Friday. According to Ukrainian sources familiar with the matter, their retreat occurred approximately one month after taking it over.

However, heavy fighting continues in and around the capital of Kyiv and other fronts.

The Chernobyl reactor site. Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Tech/AFP/Getty Images

Radioactive Russians

They didn’t leave empty-handed, however. Several Russian troops became quite ill as a result of their occupation. In addition, journalists on the ground have reported “ghost buses” of dead soldiers being transported from Belarus to Russia under cover of darkness.

Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-owned power company, says that the pullout occurred when Russian soldiers received large amounts of radiation after digging trenches in the exclusion zone around the long-closed plant. “Not surprisingly, the occupiers received significant doses of radiation and panicked at the first sign of illness. And it showed up very quickly.”, they went on to say.