Ukrainian law enforcement officers detained two officials of the General Directorate of Ukraine’s Secretariat of the Ombudsman today for killing an elk calf in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
According to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, the two officials killed the calf and placed it in the trunk of a car. The accused admitted entering the Exclusion Zone through a hole in the fence. Police detained them after they tried to merge to a road leading away from the Chernobyl Zone.
Investigation materials will be handed over to the prosecutor for criminal charges of poaching and illegal entry into the Exclusion Zone. It is unclear what the officials intended to do with the meat, which is being sent for examination to determine the presence of radionuclides.