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Two stills from a video show evidence that Russian troops dug trenches in the Red Forest.Defense of Ukraine/Insider

  • A video claims to prove that Russian troops dug trenches in Chernobyl’s ‘red forest’.

  • Russian troops may have exposed themselves to dangerous levels of radiation while digging there.

  • The video, shared by the Ukrainian military, is undated and its origin is unclear.

A video shared by the Ukrainian military claims to show evidence that Russian troops dug trenches in the Red Forest, the most contaminated area of ​​the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

The video, which is undated and of unknown origin, appears to show drone footage.

It depicts land that appears unearthed, in one continuous shot that transitions to an image of the sarcophagus covering the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident in the distance.

The video was shared by the Ukrainian military on Twitter on Wednesday.

It was accompanied by the text: “Video evidence. The Russian command ordered its soldiers to dig fortifications near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the radioactive red forest in March 2022.” Chernobyl is an alternative spelling.

The tweet can be seen below:

A the road can be seen in the video which appears to match a location on maps of the area, which would place the recording site approximately 3.5 km (2 miles) from the power station.

Ukraine shares video that proves Russian troops dug trenches in Chernobyl, disturbing radioactive soil

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The approximate location of the video was estimated based on visual cues.Google Maps/Insider.

Russian troops left the site last week, five weeks after overrunning the Chernobyl exclusion zone on February 24.

Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-owned electricity company, said Russian troops dug trenches while there and later suffered from radiation sickness.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, a United Nations-affiliated organization that offers guidance on radioactive security, said it was investigating the allegations.

According to unnamed Ukrainian workers who were at the Chernobyl site while Russia occupied it, troops drove armored vehicles through the Red Forest without any protective gear and exposed themselves to radioactive dust.

A worker said some troops seemed unaware of the 1986 disaster that made Chernobyl synonymous with a nuclear disaster.

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