In the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (formerly part of the Soviet Union) exploded, creating what has been described as the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen. Even after many years of scientific research and government investigation, there are still many unanswered questions about the Chernobyl accident — especially regarding the long-term health impacts that the massive radiation leak had on those who were exposed. The nearest town to the power plant was the newly built city of Pripyat, which housed almost 50,000 people in 1986, according to the World Nuclear Association. A smaller town, Chernobyl, was home to about 12,000 residents. The remainder of the region was primarily farms and woodland.
At 1:23 a.m. on April 26, when extremely hot nuclear fuel rods were lowered into cooling water, an immense amount of steam was created, which — because of the RBMK reactors’ design flaws — created more reactivity in the nuclear core of reactor number 4. The resultant power surge caused an immense explosion that detached the 1,000-ton plate covering the reactor core, releasing radiation into the atmosphere and cutting off the flow of coolant into the reactor. On April 27, the residents of Pripyat were evacuated — about 36 hours after the accident had occurred. By that time, many were already complaining about vomiting, headaches and other signs of radiation sickness. Officials eventually closed off an 18-mile (30 km) area around the plant; residents were told they would be able to return after a few days, so many left their personal belongings and valuables behind. Exclusion zone was created after the nuclear disaster and since that time it remains unsettled by people.
On the first day, we will visit Chernobyl exclusion zone. While visiting the zone you’ll see abandoned homes, schools, hospitals, cafes with many left personal things. Also, you’ll see the city that used to be vibrant and full of life but turned into empty and ghosted place. As the time went by, the nature revenged abandoned cities, villages, military and industrial objects. While being there humans can see how fragile everything is in our world. The main aim of this tour is to show how rapidly everything can change, how fragile our life is and what damage humans can cause. Moreover, you will find out what things to do in Ukraine; what places you should visit and what activities you should also try.
Second day of our tour is held in Kiev city. Kiev is known as Mother of Russian cities. Once upon a time, King Oleg united the northern and southern Rus in one state and proclaimed Kiev its capital. These historical events forever impacted its history. There are many churches, monuments and other attributes which date back to IX century. So many tourists come to Kiev in order to learn more about ancient world explore unique churches and simply enjoy the local atmosphere. This city is located in the very heart of the country and it surely can be considered as top European city breaks. There is so much what to do in Kiev. If you like museums there is a big variety of them here. If you are interested in food and night life, you can find so many restaurants and night clubs with national cuisine and nice music in the Kiev city center. Don’t worry about Kiev currency – you will find currency exchange everywhere. Also, Ukrainians are very welcoming and kind-hearted people that are always eager to help the foreigners. Who knows, maybe you’ll make new friends here!