Two Russian soldiers have died and 28 others are seriously ill in hospital after they were given poisoned food by Ukrainian civilians.
According to Ukraine’s intelligence agency, the incident took place in the town of Izium in the east of the country, with the two troops from Russia's 3rd Motor Rifle Division dying immediately after eating the poisoned pastries.
A further 500 or so more are in hospital suffering from heavy alcohol poisoning, according to a Facebook post by the country’s Main Directorate of Intelligence on Saturday (April 2).
The post read: “Ukrainians resist the occupiers by all available means.
“According to available information, local residents of the Izium district (Kharkiv region) ‘treated’ Russians from the 3rd Motor Rifle Division of the Russian Federation with poisoned pies.
“As a result, two occupiers died at once, another 28 were taken to the intensive care unit. Their current state is being clarified.
“About 500 more servicemen of the 3rd Motor Rifle Division of the Russian Federation are in hospitals due to severe alcohol poisoning of unknown origin.”
Ukrainian officials claimed Russia was writing the troops off as “non-combat losses”.
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This comes after Russian forces were forced to hand over control of Chernobyl nuclear power plant back to the Ukrainians after soldiers reportedly suffered radiation poisoning.
Ukrainian state nuclear company Energoatom said the withdrawal from Chernobyl came after soldiers received “significant doses” of radiation from digging trenches in the forest in the exclusion zone around the closed plant.
In a statement published on Telegram, they said: "It was confirmed that the occupiers, who seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and other facilities in the Exclusion Zone, marched in two columns towards the Ukrainian border with the Republic of Belarus."
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