With all the negative news about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, good news comes out of Ukraine today. According to a report by Russia Today (RT) citing the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian troops today reached an agreement with Ukrainian soldiers to jointly maintain the safety of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
However, Ukraine has not confirmed claims that an agreement has been reached with the Russians regarding the facility. On Thursday, Ukrainian officials said Russian soldiers had entered the exclusion zone and captured the area after heavy fighting.
The ministry added that radiation levels had not changed and staff at the facility would continue to monitor the situation as usual. The deal is a sign of progress considering that Russian forces took the Chernobyl zone just two days ago, further stoking fears of an “ecological catastrophe”.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant is in northern Ukraine, where on April 26, 1986 a reactor melted down during what was supposedly an ordinary test that resulted in the largest release of radioactive materials in human history.