Christmas tree installed in Chornobyl exclusion zone for the first time in 33 years

Source : 112 Ukraine

The last time, Christmas was celebrated in Prypiat in 1986
14:05, 26 December 2019

Radio Liberty

The Christmas tree was installed in Prypiat, the exclusion zone, for the first time in 33 years. The former citizens of the city decorated it as Radio Liberty reported.

The people used their own photos, old clocks and white balls with notes about radiation hazards to decorate it. Many photos were taken on the day of the catastrophe on April 26, 1986.

Radio Liberty

“This photo was made in 1981 when I just moved to Prypiat to seek employment. There were signs that the city is built: the construction sites, the smell of bitumen. I was interested in this place but I was a little worried: I was not sure whether I would fit in here,” Oleksiy Breus, the citizen of Prypiat, engineer of the Reactor #4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and liquidator, said.

Radio Liberty

The main of the campaign was to draw attention to the process of the transformation of the plant zone to the peculiar museum where tourists come. It is planned that it will become the UNESCO material heritage.

It is worthy to note that the pine tree, which has grown at the downtown of the city, was decorated not the artificial Christmas tree or cut tree.

As it was reported earlier, the river tourist routes along the Prypyat and Uzh rivers will be launched in Chornobyl. It is reported by the State Agency of Ukraine for the management of the exclusion zone. The agency has developed water routes to visit the exclusion zone. Specialists of the Chornobyl Reserve and the Ecocenter were involved in the development of the routes. 

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