Russian Forces are Running Away from Kyiv City Suburbs, Fleeing Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Service members of Russian troops are seen atop of armored vehicles in the course of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine / Representative photo
Service members of Russian troops are seen atop of armored vehicles in the course of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine / Representative photo

The Russian military has begun to move some of its troops in Ukraine away from the areas around Kyiv to positions elsewhere it Ukraine. But Ukrainian military commanders cautioned that significant Russian forces that remain in place are still capable of inflicting much death and destruction

There have been several official reports indicating the aggressor is moving a fraction of its forces away from the areas around Kyiv and from the exclusion zone surrounding the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, using this as cover while regrouping, resupplying its forces and redeploying them for a stepped-up offensive in the eastern part of the country and replacing its frontline units’ personnel losses.

Meanwhile, significant Russian forces remain in place around the capital city, so a renewed push for the encirclement of Kyiv cannot be ruled out.

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Ukrainian soldiers inspecting a destroyed Russian tank / Open-source representative photo
Ukrainian soldiers inspecting a destroyed Russian tank / Open-source representative photo

The head of the Kyiv Region Military Administration, Lt Gen Oleksandr Pavliuk said on a televised broadcast that the Russian troop withdrawal had begun on the night of 31 March 2022, when the first enemy convoy of approx. 100 vehicles was spotted heading north toward Belarus border.

Deputy Chief of Staff of Land Force Ukraine, Brig. Gen Oleksandr Hruzevych told a news briefing that several enemy convoys numbering a total of 700 vehicles had been heading toward the border with Belarus as of Wednesday, but a significant part of Russian forces remain deployed around Kyiv and are still strong enough to inflict much damage.

Invading Russian soldiers are seen atop of a BMP armored fighting vehicle / Representative photo
Invading Russian soldiers are seen atop of a BMP armored fighting vehicle / Representative photo

Furthermore, Russian troops handed control of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant back to the Ukrainians and left the heavily contaminated site early Friday, more than a month after taking it over, Ukrainian authorities said, as fighting raged on the outskirts of Kyiv and other fronts.

Ukraine's state power company, Energoatom, said the pullout at Chornobyl came after soldiers received "significant doses" of radiation from digging trenches in the forest in the exclusion zone around the closed power plant.

The handover of control was formalized in a paper signed by chief of Russia’s Siberian military district, Maj Gen Yakushev.

The paper the Russian occupiers had handed over to Chernobyl NPP executives before they began withdrawing their forces from the site / Photo credit: Energoatom
The paper the Russian occupiers had handed over to Chernobyl NPP executives before they began withdrawing their forces from the site / Photo credit: Energoatom
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