Friday, April 1, 2022

Ukrainian Troops Push Forward as Russian Forces Regroup; Report: Russian troops withdrawn from Chernobyl with ‘acute radiation sickness’; Russian troops shooting down own aircraft in Ukraine, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Ukrainian Troops Push Forward as Russian Forces Regroup and Give Back Control of Chernobyl:
Ukrainian officials said their armed forces are pressing forward against Russian military units around Kyiv, seeking to exploit Moscow’s efforts to regroup after weeks of heavy losses, while Russian forces handed control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant back to Ukraine.
After taking back the city of Irpin to the northwest of Kyiv this week, Ukrainian forces are now engaged in heavy fighting in the neighboring towns of Bucha and Hostomel, officials said.
In the Chernihiv region to the north of the capital, Ukrainian forces retook two villages and were pushing for further gains, officials said.
“We have completely destroyed the enemy’s plans,” said Brig. Gen. Oleksandr Hruzevych, deputy chief of staff of the Ukrainian army. “The adversary has completely lost its offensive potential in the Kyiv region. It is trying to dig in and turn to defense in the places it has occupied.”
Russia said it would decrease its attacks around Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and Chernihiv as a goodwill gesture to facilitate peace talks while shifting focus to air and ground attacks in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.
Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine are set to continue over videoconference Friday, Ukrainian officials say.
Ukrainian and Western officials say Russia was forced to curtail attempts to advance amid mounting losses of personnel and equipment and that its military was now seeking to dig in around Kyiv and Chernihiv to continue shelling the cities while redeploying some forces to the east. --->READ MORE HERE
Russian troops withdrawn from Chernobyl with ‘acute radiation sickness’: report
Several hundred Russian troops have been withdrawn from the Chernobyl nuclear facility in Ukraine after suffering from “acute radiation sickness” and are being treated in Belarus, according to reports.
The Pentagon confirmed earlier that the Russian forces began to pull out from the defunct facility, which was taken on the first day of the invasion, after a pledge by the Kremlin to scale back its offensive.
But an employee at the Public Council at the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone management said the soldiers had fled while “irradiated” and bused to a medical facility in Gomel, Belarus, the Mirror reported.
“Another batch of irradiated terrorists who seized the Chernobyl zone was brought to the Belarusian Radiation Medicine Center in Gomel today,” Yaroslav Yemelianenko wrote on Facebook.
“Have you dug trenches in the Red Forest, b—hes? Now live the rest of your short life with this. There are rules for handling this area. They are mandatory because radiation is physics — it works regardless of status or shoulder ranks,” he wrote.
“With minimal intelligence in command or soldiers, these consequences could have been avoided,” Yemelianenko added.
Word about the sickness came soon after Ukrainian officials claimed that Russian troops “looted and destroyed” a specialist laboratory containing “highly active” radioactive samples from the decommissioned nuclear plant. --->READ MORE HERE
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