Russia was able to capture the Chernobyl nuclear power plant thanks to agents it sent there in 2021 – Reuters

A source familiar with the invasion plan said that in November 2021, Russia began sending undercover intelligence agents to Ukraine.

Russia was able to capture the Chernobyl nuclear power plant thanks to agents / photo
Russia was able to capture the Chernobyl nuclear power plant thanks to agents / photo

Russia was able to seize the Chernobyl nuclear power plant not by accident, as it sent its agents there back in November 2021 to bribe officials and pave the way for a bloodless takeover.

This is stated in the Reuters investigation . 

“A source with direct knowledge of the invasion plan said that in November 2021, Russia began sending undercover intelligence agents to Ukraine tasked with establishing contacts with officials responsible for the safety of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The purpose of the agents was to ensure that there was no armed resistance after the arrival of Russian troops,” the newspaper writes, citing its own source.

According to the source, “Chernobyl was also a transfer point for documents from the headquarters of the SBU. In exchange for money, Ukrainian officials gave Russian spies information about Ukraine’s military readiness.”

At the same time, agency investigators noted that they were unable to independently verify the details of the source’s allegations.

As noted, at least three investigations are currently ongoing in relation to people who worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. According to these documents, the investigation identified at least two people who are suspected of providing information to Russian agents or otherwise assisting them in taking over the facility.

The agency interviewed dozens of officials in Russia and Ukraine, examined Ukrainian court documents and statements related to the investigation into the behavior of people who worked at Chernobyl, and found that the infiltration was much deeper than publicly acknowledged.

NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said that “besides the external enemy, we, unfortunately, have an internal enemy, and this enemy is no less dangerous.” According to him, at the time of the invasion there were agents in the Ukrainian defense, security and law enforcement sectors. He declined to name names, but said that such traitors must be “neutralized” at all costs.

Moscow reportedly expected to activate sleeper agents within the Ukrainian security apparatus. Military planners around Russian President Vladimir Putin believed that with the help of these Russian agents, only a small military force and a few days would be needed to force the administration of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to leave, flee or capitulate.

Sources also confirmed Western intelligence reports that the Kremlin was preparing Oleg Tsarev to lead a puppet government in Kyiv. Tsarev said Reuters’ report on how Moscow’s operation played out in general “has very little to do with reality.”   

Although Russia took over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, its plan to seize power in Kyiv failed. According to multiple sources in Russia and Ukraine, sleeper agents installed by Moscow have not been up to the task in many cases. Danilov said the agents and their handlers thought Ukraine was weak, which was “a complete mistake.” The people the Kremlin has counted on as its proxies in Ukraine have exaggerated their influence in previous years. One source told Reuters that “the Kremlin relied on ‘clowns’ for its planning – they don’t know much, but they always say what the leadership wants to hear because otherwise they won’t get paid.”

However, Russian intelligence succeeded in one thing – it sowed mistrust within Ukraine and exposed the shortcomings of the SBU.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian military seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on the first day of the war, February 24. The personnel became a hostage of the occupiers, because the Russians did not allow the rotation, and the fatigue of the workers threatens safety at the mothballed Chernobyl nuclear power plant. At the end of March, the Russians left the facility.

(C)UNIAN 2022


  1. Well at least one good thing happened…the cockroaches who occupied Chernobyl are either dead or lit up like a Christmas tre and will either be dead shortly or suffer a horrific death. That works for me.

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    • You’re right, cap. But, digging in highly radioactive soil assures the survival of the fittest, and these cockroaches learned that they are not any of the fittest. That includes the monkey brained officers that ordered them to dig there.

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  2. To be honest, it’s no surprise that Ukraine had so many ruskie spies and collaborators in the country, and probably still does. Mafia land has more than enough spies and other ilk in many other countries too. Ukraine, however, has done much to cleanse itself from these creatures, bit by bit.

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