Chernobyl – a city with a special status

Why is the city of Chernobyl well-known?

Chernobyl – the city of Ivankov district, Kiev region of Ukraine. located on the river Pripyat, near its confluence in the Kiev reservoir. It is notorious for the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Before the accident in the city lived about 13 thousand people.

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Chernobyl city history

In 1548, when these lands were under the control of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, in the neighborhood of Chernobyl Prince Friedrich Pronsky a castle was built, separated from the settlement by a deep moat that has survived to the present day. .. Recently we visited Chernobyl. A small and clean city with a special status. “Alive-inanimate”

In 1793 he became a member of the Russian Empire. In 1898 the population of Chernobyl was 10,800 people, of which 7,200 were Jews.

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chernobyl city

Until the end of XIX century. Chernobyl was a private city, which belonged to the counts of Chodkevic. In 1896, they sold the city to the state, but until 1910 owned a castle and a house in the city.

During the First World War was occupied. During the Civil War, the city and the county were controlled by the “green” ataman Stru, whom the Reds repeatedly tried to expel, but he invariably returned with the detachment back. During the Soviet-Polish war, Chernobyl was first occupied by the Polish army (in fact, the same Struk, who this time offered his services to Pilsudski), and then repulsed by the cavalry of the Red Army. In 1921, he was included in the Ukrainian SSR. The last Jewish pogrom in the vicinity of the city of Strok was organized in 1922.

In the 1970s, the first nuclear power plant in Ukraine was built 10 km from Chernobyl.

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Сhernobyl city today

The Chernobyl city is the administrative center of the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The city is almost completely cleaned of radiation and now it is home to about 100 people self-settlers, as well as temporary residents of the contaminated zone of exclusion (Workers of the Chernobyl NPP, foresters, policemen, dosimetrists, liquidators of the consequences of the accident, guards and others) In the city there is a hotel, dormitories, cafes, 3 dining rooms, one of them called “Pripyat”

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chernobyl city


It is notorious for the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Before the accident in the city lived about 13 thousand people. According to the All-Ukrainian Census of 2001, Chernobyl (like Pripyat) was referred to the cities “without the population”. Currently, less than a thousand people live in the city: employees of institutions and enterprises of the Exclusion Zone and the unconditional guaranteed resettlement of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, working on a shift basis, and self-villages (84 self-residents according to February 2017 data). The distance to Kiev in a straight line – 83 km, along the roads – 115 km. Located 12 km south-east of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. .

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Chernobyl, many mistakenly considered a ghost town, in part this is so – 70% of houses in the city is empty or destroyed. chernobyl city

A commemorative sign in Chernobyl, dedicated to the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant: “The wormwood.” The third angel sounded, and a big star fell from the sky, burning like a lamp, and fell on a third of the rivers and springs of water. Name this star “wormwood”; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many of the people died from the waters, because they became bitter (Rev. 8: 10-11). ”

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Alley of memory to villages that became uninhabitable after an accident at the station:

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One of the houses in Chernobyl. On the wall the sign “Here lives the owner of the house” is hung: chernobyl town

Already a time-resolved house, not far from residential buildings:

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Сhernobyl dead city

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The monument to the firefighters who took the first blow, “Those who saved the world”: ”

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Details of the Chernobyl disaster, see our website:

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