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18:50  11 july  2019
18:50  11 july  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

I was a child of Chernobyl

I was a child of Chernobyl The 1986 Russian disaster isn’t just compelling TV. It was my life. On April 26, 1986, when Chernobyl’s reactor No. 4 exploded, I was a 10-year-old living 60 miles away, in the Soviet Ukrainian city of Kyiv. It was a sunny Saturday, and I had spent most of the day outside, playing with other kids from our apartment building. We squeezed through the wrought-iron gate in the far corner of the courtyard, then scaled a dilapidated wall around an archaeological site at the heart of the Old City.

The area surrounding Chernobyl - the site of the world's worst nuclear accident - is to be turned into a tourist site , Ukraine 's president says . "The time has come to change this." A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded in April 1986. It sent a radioactive plume across Europe

The area surrounding Chernobyl - the site of the world's worst nuclear accident - is to be turned into a tourist site , Ukraine 's president says . "The time has come to change this." A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded in April 1986. It sent a radioactive plume across Europe

Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says © FoxNews.com New photographs show how nature is reclaiming a town abandoned after a nuclear disaster 33 years ago. A two-year project examining the eerie remains of Chernobyl and Pripyat in Ukraine show gas masks scattered about and dolls left abandoned in a daycare center.

The site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster is set to officially become a tourist attraction, Ukraine announced Wednesday.

President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree to designate the area — the site of the 1986 disaster — a tourist site after the area saw an increase in visitors following the release of the popular HBO "Chernobyl" miniseries.

Inside the new £1.3 billion 354ft tall structure that protects the world from Chernobyl's radiation more than 30 years after Reactor No.4 exploded

Inside the new £1.3 billion 354ft tall structure that protects the world from Chernobyl's radiation more than 30 years after Reactor No.4 exploded A complex construction effort to secure Chernobyl's molten reactor's core and 200 tonnes of highly radioactive material has taken nine years to complete.

Ukraine ’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree, envisioning the “development” of the areas affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster on Thursday, radiating a joyous picture of how “The decree will begin the transformation of the exclusion zone into one of the growth points of new Ukraine .

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said : ''Let's make it a land of freedom that will become one of the symbols of a new Ukraine . An abandoned kindergarten at the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which the Ukrainian president Chernobyl is already visited by thousands of tourists (pictured)

"Chernobyl has been a negative part of Ukraine's brand," Zelensky said during the signing, according to the BBC. "The time has come to change this."

Gallery: Chernobyl: Inside the ghost town of Pripyat

Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says
Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says

The president described the area as "a unique place on the planet where nature is reviving after a major technological catastrophe," and said walking trails, waterways and checkpoints will be implemented for visitors.

Zelensky unveiled the plans as he inaugurated a giant structure built to confine radioactive debris reactor No. 4 — a project that cost around $1.7 billion to build and took nine years to complete.

Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says © getty A gift shop at the checkpoint of the Chernobyl exclusion zone

The April 1986 disaster left at least 30 people dead in the immediate aftermath, from either the explosion at the reactor or from acute radiation sickness in the months after, and sparked a widespread environmental disaster.

The accident in what was then Soviet Ukraine exposed millions in the region to dangerous levels of radiation and forced a wide-scale, permanent evacuation of hundreds of towns and villages in Ukraine and Belarus as radioactive dust spewed across Europe.

Ukraine wants Chernobyl to be a tourist trap. But scientists warn: Don’t kick up dust.

Ukraine wants Chernobyl to be a tourist trap. But scientists warn: Don’t kick up dust. The site of the worst nuclear disaster in human history is still radioactive.

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Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says © getty A visitor takes a selfie in front of a wreckage bus in the abandoned city of Pripyat

HBO in May debuted a five-part miniseries about the explosion, which once again brought attention to the area. Tour operations near the plant credited an uptick in tourism to the show.

“Many people come here, they ask a lot of questions about the TV show, about all the events," tour guide Viktoria Brozhko told Reuters last month. "People are getting more and more curious."

Related: Chernobyl disaster: the true story and real people behind the HBO series

Itineraries offered by local tour companies include guided bus trips into the Exclusion Zone, stops in abandoned villages near Chernobyl, and then “sightseeing” in the town, which itself contains memorials and the robotics used to clear hazardous materials following the disaster. They can also stand outside the fourth reactor, now covered by a New Safe Confinement structure.

Fox News' Michael Bartiromo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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