The staff continue to control and maintain the system, said Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, on Monday. According to the Interfax news agency, the Ukrainian utility Energoatom has denied that Russian troops have taken control of the region around the nuclear power plant.
The state-owned company Energoatom announced that all nuclear power plants continue to work in normal mode. According to Russian information, there is no increased radiation around the nuclear power plant. The Russian military had previously seized the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl accident reactor north of Kyiv. Radioactive soil was blown up, which led to slightly increased radiation readings.