Members of the Ukrainian Parliament paid tribute to the victims of the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster. Andriy Parubiy, the Parliamentary Speaker requested the moment of silence on that occasion.
April 26 marks the anniversary of the most horrific nuclear catastrophe in the history of the humankind.
Two explosions thundered at the power unit No.4 of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine on April 26, 1986, at 01.23 a.m. local time. The blasts destroyed the power unit completely and caused dozens of fires all over it. Though the flames were put out, the leak of radioactive particles caused deadly contamination of the ground, water and the atmosphere within the huge range. The radioactive cloud that emitted into the atmosphere hung over the European part of the-then Soviet Union and a greater part of Europe.
The first emergency crews that eliminated the consequences of the tragedy had no protective gear to get themselves protected against the radiation. Dozens of people lost their lives because of the radiation disease months after the disaster. The radiation caused a wide variety of mutations and diseases among people, plants and animals.
200,000 people were evacuated from the contaminated area in Kyiv region. The exclusion zone was set in the 30-km range around Chornobyl NPP; currently, some locations are completely uninhabited because of the radiation hazard, which is still too high for living there.
The areas abandoned by humans are, instead, populated by the growing numbers of wild animals, as the exclusion zone created favorable conditions for population growth. Plants also gradually recover in many locations affected by the disaster.