Petro Poroshenko holds a moment of silence to commemorate Chornobyl liquidators

Source : 112 Ukraine

High ranking Urkainian state officials laid flowers to the monument
12:41, 14 December 2016

Chornobyl recovery workers were commemorated with a moment of silence near the monument to the “Warriors of Chornobyl” in Kyiv. The ceremony was broadcast by the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Chornobyl tragedy is recognized the worst nuclear disaster in the world. On April 26, 1986 at 1.23 a.m. local time the accident occurred on the fourth power unit of the nuclear power plant, resulted in an official Soviet death toll of 31 people. No systematic records were kept of subsequent deaths, but over 1.7 million people were exposed to radiation.

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In 2006 the President issued an order to establish a memorable date for commemorating the participants of the liquidation of the Chornobyl nuclear power station accident December 14 – the end of construction of the confinement over the 4th reactor in 1986.

As we reported earlier, the huge dome-shaped building, known among specialists as the New Safe Confinement, covered the old Chernobyl "sarcophagus" to the next 100 years to protect the emergency fourth reactor of Chernobyl, radiation equipment, nuclear waste residues and dust.

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