Ukraine marks 33rd anniversary of Chornobyl tragedy

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman and Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov commemorated the liquidators of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

As reported by Censor.NET.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thanked Chornobyl NPP cleanup workers, states and organizations that help Ukraine to overcome the consequences of the disaster.

"33 years from the date of the Chernobyl disaster. I bow my head before the liquidators of the consequences of the explosion. Thanks to you, you managed to localize the accident and save hundreds of thousands of lives. The fond memory of the dead heroes and good health to all the living." Prime minister Hroisman said. 

The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council noted that this is the largest atomic catastrophe in the history of mankind on a global scale that burned the souls of millions of Ukrainians.

"The terrible environmental, socio-economic and medical consequences of this tragedy our state is still experiencing," - said Turchynov on the National Security and Defense Council website.

The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council stressed that over the past decade after the tragedy, people have not forgotten the feats of the liquidators of the accident.

April 26 marks the anniversary of the most horrific nuclear catastrophe in the history of the humankind. 

Two explosions thundered at the power unit No.4 of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine on April 26, 1986, at 01.23 a.m. local time. The blasts destroyed the power unit completely and caused dozens of fires all over it. Though the flames were put out, the leak of radioactive particles caused deadly contamination of the ground, water and the atmosphere within the huge range. The radioactive cloud that emitted into the atmosphere hung over the European part of the-then Soviet Union and a greater part of Europe.

The first emergency crews that eliminated the consequences of the tragedy had no protective gear to get themselves protected against the radiation. Dozens of people lost their lives because of the radiation disease months after the disaster. The radiation caused a wide variety of mutations and diseases among people, plants and animals.

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