After seizing control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Russia was able to gain access to databases and equipment.
The information came from interviews with Ukrainian nuclear specialists, according to the website.
The Ecocenter, which conducts radiation and environmental monitoring in the exclusion zone, was robbed, according to the experts.
The facility is said to include equipment worth more than 6 million euros. The Russian military could be quite interested in it.
The primary analytical laboratory, a crucial facility at the Ecocenter, was where hard drives were stolen, according to the website.
According to Olga Kosharnaya, a nuclear energy specialist and the head of information and public relations for the Ukrainian Nuclear Forum, the hard drives included a unique database on radiology and dosimetry, which is of great interest to Russia.
In the meantime, radioactive isotopes, which are needed to calibrate instruments, have vanished from the Chernobyl-based Institute for Nuclear Power Plant Safety’s laboratory.
Furthermore, The Insider said that samples of radioactive waste are missing, including those left behind from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s reactor No. 4 meltdown in 1986.
Looters apparently made off with isotopes and pieces of radioactive waste that could be mixed with conventional explosives to form a dirty bomb, according to Anatolii Nosovskyi, director of the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants in Kyiv, who told Science magazine that looters apparently made off with the isotopes and pieces of radioactive waste that could be mixed with conventional explosives to form a dirty bomb.
On March 31, Russia withdrew its soldiers from the area surrounding the nuclear power facility.