Russian troops leaving the Chernobyl nuclear site have 'acute radiation sickness', it has been claimed.
The Pentagon confirmed Russian troops were pulling out of the irradiated nuclear wasteland, but an employee at the Public Council at the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management said they were running away "irradiated".
He said they were being transported by the bus load to a special radiation medical centre in Gomel, Belarus to help treat their radioactive poisoning.
In a post on facebook, Yaroslav Yemelianenko, who worked to keep the site safe, said: "Another batch of radiation irradiation of Russian terrorists who captured the Chernobyl zone, was brought to the Belarusian center of radiation medicine in Gomel today.
"Digging the trenches in the Rudu forest, bitches? Now live the rest of your short life with this. There are rules of handling this territory.
"They are mandatory to perform because radiation is physics - it works regardless of status or chases. If you have minimal intelligence in command or soldiers, these consequences could have been avoided."
He went onto quote a Belarusian TV channel which said "about 7 medical PAZs arrived at the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology.
"The photo shows that people are visible in cars. Let's note that Russian soldiers are brought to this centre on a regular basis"
This shocking revelation comes as US intelligence confirmed Russian soldiers have withdrawn from the site.
It also comes days after Russian claimed it would 'drastically reduce combat operations' around Kyiv.
Earlier this week, Moscow claimed it would take the significant step as a gesture to advance peace talks, but both Ukrainian and US officials expressed scepticism about Russian intentions.
ABC News reported that the Pentagon said they had only seen “small numbers” of Russian withdrawals after Russia's first claim, but that these were repositioning of troops, not retreat.
They challenged Russia characterising this as a move for peace, when in reality it was talked up military strategy.
Then, the Pentagon said it believed those troops could simply be moved elsewhere such as to the Donbas region, in eastern Ukraine, where Russia controls.
In its most specific description of Russian forces moving away from Kyiv, the Pentagon said that "less than 20%" of the Russian contingent in the vicinity of the Ukrainian capital were starting to "reposition".
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said those that had begun to move away from Kyiv had been deployed in the vicinity of the Hostomel airport north west of Kyiv.
He added, it appeared that the Russian troops being pulled away from the capital was in an effort to resupply and reorganise with their help elsewhere, not send them back to Russia.
However, the move will be greeted as good news by many as early fighting around the infamous nuclear power station raised fears it could become damaged amid gunfire.
It comes as earlier today the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk warned the occupying Russian forces that there was a danger of ammunition exploding at the site.
In a video posted on Telegram, she said: "We demand that the UN Security Council immediately take measures to demilitarize the Chernobyl exclusion zone and introduce a special UN mission there to eliminate the risk of the repeat of a nuclear catastrophe."
Only days ago, Russian troops trampled unprotected one of deadliest area, Chernobyl's 'Red Forest', kicking up radioactive dust.
On the first day of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the site's workers quickly became trapped there at the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
The workers were stuck there for more than 12 days under Russian guard, keeping the site working and safe.
Even though it is no longer a functioning power station, Chernobyl was never abandoned and requires constant supervision to keep safe.
It was this that Russia jeopardised early on.
But now, it looks like as Russia's invading forces continue to be stretched thin, the Kremlin may have recalled the soldiers.
This comes over a month into Moscow's deadly invasion of Ukraine.
Early reports claimed Russia had intended to seize the capital in a 'lightning invasion', the Financial Times reported.
Instead of seizing the capital and rampaging across the country, welcomed as victors, like some Russian troops reportedly expected, they are in the second months of staunch, bloody Ukrainian resistance.
And instead of ousting comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky's government, Russia are now negotiating with them.