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Russian forces depart Chernobyl; Ukraine-Russia peace talks to resume

Russian military troops departed the heavily contaminated Chernobyl nuclear power plant early Friday, handing control back to Ukrainians. Moscow took control of Chernobyl over a month ago. According to Ukrainian officials, Russian troops destroyed a new laboratory at the plant working to improve management of radioactive waste that had “highly active samples and samples of radionuclides” last week. Elsewhere, Ukrainian forces have retaken the villages of Sloboda and Lukashivka, which are south of the besieged northern city of Chernihiv and located along one of the main supply routes between the city and Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, according to Britain’s Defense Ministry. Ukrainian and Russian negotiators are set to resume talks via video Friday, five weeks into a conflict that has left thousands dead and driven more than 4 million refugees from Ukraine. However, there seemed little faith that the two sides would find agreement on their respective demands any time soon.

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