A network of secret agents operated in Ukraine: Reuters investigation into how Russia managed to capture the Chernobyl nuclear power plant


A network of secret agents operated in Ukraine: Reuters investigation into how Russia managed to capture the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

Reuters investigated the Russian occupation of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant/Channel 24 Collage

Russian invaders captured the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on the first day of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This was made possible thanks to a long-planned operation by the Kremlin to attract secret agents.


  • 1The temporary success of the infidels at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was not accidental
  • 2Reuters investigation details
  • 3Russian agents in Ukraine lied to the Kremlin
  • 4Blitzkrieg failed

This is evidenced by the investigation of the publication Reuters. Journalists spoke to 5 sources familiar with Russia's preparations for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, who asked to remain anonymous. In addition, media workers analyzed the statements of Ukrainian officials and court documents.

When the first armored vehicles of the Russian army entered the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on the afternoon of February 24, the invaders clashed with a Ukrainian unit that was supposed to protect an important object.

According to a Reuters investigation, 169 National Guard fighters in less than two hourslaid down their arms without a fight. Thus, Russia occupied Chernobyl, a storage facility for tons of nuclear materials and a key point on the way to Kyiv. However, the temporary success of the infidels here was not an accident, but part of a long-established operation of the Kremlin from “exile” to Ukraine secret agents.

All 5 Reuters sources said that military experts in the encirclement Putin, it was believed that with the help of a network of Russian agents, it would take only a small military force and a few days to force the Office of the President and Vladimir Zelensky himself flee or capitulate .

As NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov stated earlier, at the time of the Russian invasion, there were, unfortunately, Kremlin agents in the Ukrainian defense, security and law enforcement sectors . The State Bureau of Investigation is assessing the extent to which the National Guard acted legally by laying down their arms during the Russian attack on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

According to court documents studied by journalists, the head of the security service of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Valentin Viter is suspected of unauthorized resignation and treason. In his testimony to the investigators, he stated that on the day of the invasion he talked on the phone with the commander of the National Guard unit and advised him to “have pity on his people” .

One source with direct knowledge of the Kremlin's invasion plans said Russian agents were sent to Chernobyl as early as last year to bribe officials and pave the way for a bloodless takeover of Chernobyl. At the same time, Reuters was unable to verify the authenticity of this statement.

At the same time, the DBR is investigating former SBU ex-general Andrei Naumov on suspicion of high treason for passing secret information about the safety of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to a foreign the state. Naumov's lawyer declined to comment to the British news agency.

Officials in Moscow expected to activate “sleeper agents” within the Ukrainian security apparatus at the start of the invasion, Reuters sources said. Whistleblowers have confirmed Western intelligence reports that the Kremlin was inciting the notorious Oleg Tsarev to lead a puppet government in Kyiv after the capital was occupied.

However, although Russia succeeded in capturing Chernobyl, its plans to seize power in Kyiv failed. According to several sources at once, in many cases, the “sleeper agents” exiled by Moscow did not cope with their tasks.

Four Reuters sources stressed that the people whom the Kremlin counted on as of their proxies in Ukraine, exaggerated their influence for years.

the Kremlin relied on clowns in its planning (of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine – ed. channel 24) – they know a little something, but they always say what the leadership wants to hear, otherwise they will not be paid, – said one of the sources.

It is noted that Moscow's spy apparatus has been closely linked to Chernobyl for decades, especially after the crash in 1986. Even after Ukraine became independent, the influence of Russian intelligence leaders remained there.

According to one of the sources, in November 2021 Russia began exiling undercover intelligence officers to Ukraine tasked with establishing contacts with officials responsible for the safety of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Their goal was to ensure the absence of armed resistance after the arrival of Russian troops. According to the source, Chernobyl was also the point of transfer of documents from traitors to the SBU. For money, Ukrainian officials passed on to Russian spies information about Ukraine's military readiness.

After the Chernobyl takeover, the Kremlin also expected top undercover agents to play a decisive role on the way to the main goal – taking control of power in Kyiv . But Zelensky did not capitulate. Any expectation in Moscow that he would flee or acquiesce to Russian demands was soon shattered. Over the following weeks, Ukrainian forces halted Russia's advance on Kyiv, the Reuters investigation concluded.

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