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Nuclear disaster of Chernobyl remembered today

Thirty years ago, on April 26 a disastrous nuclear accident happened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine.

A bang and following fire unrestricted large amounts of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the then western USSR and Europe.

At present, commemorations are being held across the country. In the northern Ukrainian town of Slavutych, locals laid flowers at a special memorial.

Slavutych was deliberately built soon after the world’s worst nuclear accident, to provide homes for those who had worked at the power plant and their families. They were emptied from the uncontrolled city of Pripyat which lay the nearby to the nuclear plant.

In Kyiv a form in the early hours of April 26 was held to mark the moment of the first explosion in the nuclear plant’s reactor number 4, 30 years ago.

Other events a will take place across the country including a visit to Chernobyl by President Petro Poroshencko. Neighbouring Russia and Belarus are holding their own commemorations.