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Memorial Services Held To Mark The 30th Anniversary Of The Chernobyl Disaster

Commemoration events took place in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.

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On 26 April 1986, the worst nuclear disaster in history happened at the Chernobyl atomic power station in Ukraine, which was then part of the Soviet Union.

Over 30 people died at the site of the explosion and the spread of radioactive material caused many more deaths and illnesses. Over 350,000 people were evacuated from contaminated areas in the years after the disaster.

People in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia held candle-lit vigils and memorial services to mark the anniversary on Tuesday.

Slavutich, Ukraine

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Young people prepare to lay candles in the pattern of a radioactivity symbol shortly before midnight on 25 April 2016 in Slavutych, Ukraine, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the accident site.


Kiev, Ukraine

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Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko (centre), prime minister Volodymyr Groysman (right), and speaker of the parliament Andriy Parubiy (left) visit a monument to the heroes of Chernobyl.

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Former liquidators, the civil and military personnel called in to deal with the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, shake hands.


Yekaterinburg, Russia

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Military cadets with white balloons attend a time capsule ceremony honoring emergency workers involved in the immediate response to the Chernobyl disaster.

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