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Ukraine “records” alarming radiation at the Chernobyl nuclear plant

“The indicators have exceeded the normal levels of control at 03:20 (0120 GMT Friday),” Alexander Grigorash, deputy director of the Ukrainian administration for security issues at nuclear facilities, said.

“But we cannot verify this because all the crew has been evacuated,” Grigorach was quoted by AFP as saying.

The Verkhovna Rada indicated on its Telegram account that the automated control system had reported an increase in “gamma rays”, a sign of radioactivity, without specifying the level.

“It is currently impossible to determine the reasons for (these statements) due to the occupation and tension,” he said.

However, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said, on Friday, that the infrastructure of the Chernobyl nuclear plant was not damaged.

The European Bank said the critical infrastructure of the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine had not been damaged and that necessary maintenance work was continuing.

“The information we have at the moment is that the existing infrastructure… has not been damaged and that essential operations and maintenance tasks are being carried out,” the bank said in a statement sent to Reuters.

Russian Army: Don’t worry

A spokesman for the Russian army stressed that there is no need to worry about the Chernobyl power plant in which a reactor exploded in 1986, or about its structure, stressing that the crew is still there, contrary to what the Ukrainian side said.

“An agreement was reached with a battalion of the Ukrainian Atomic Energy Security Force with the aim of jointly securing the energy groups and the structure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

He added, “The radiation in the nuclear plant area is in line with normal levels,” stressing that “the station staff… are monitoring the radioactivity situation.”

He added that cooperation between Russian and Ukrainian soldiers to ensure the security of the station “is a guarantee that nationalist formations or other terrorist organizations will not be able to take advantage of the situation in the country to organize a nuclear provocation.”

The worst nuclear accident in history occurred on April 26, 1986 in Ukraine, which was then a Soviet republic, when a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl power plant, causing pollution in almost three quarters of Europe, especially in the Soviet Union.

About 350,000 people were evacuated from a 30-kilometre radius of the station, which remains a restricted area. The death toll is still a matter of debate.

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