The Russian military took management of the city the place staff working on the Chernobyl nuclear web site dwell and captured the mayor, sparking protests, Ukrainian officers stated Saturday.
“Russian occupiers have invaded Slavutych and occupied the municipal hospital,” the army administration of the Kyiv area, which incorporates the city, wrote on Telegram.
Some 25,000 folks dwell within the city 160 kilometers (99 miles) north of the capital, constructed after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear energy plant accident.
Residents took to the streets, carrying a big blue and yellow Ukrainian flag and heading in direction of the hospital, the administration stated, including that Russian forces fired into the air and threw stun grenades into the group.
It additionally shared on its Telegram account photographs during which dozens of individuals gathered across the Ukrainian flag and chanted: “Glory to Ukraine”.
“According to the latest information, the town’s mayor, Yuri Fomichev, has been captured,” the administration stated.
The Chernobyl plant was taken by the Russian military on February 24 on the identical day that Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine.
The Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company expressed “concern” Thursday after Ukraine knowledgeable the group of Russia’s bombardment of Slavutych.
The city’s seize comes after the primary staff rotation at Chernobyl plant final weekend since Russia took management.
About 100 Ukrainian technicians continued to run the day by day operations on the radioactive web site for practically 4 weeks with out being rotated.