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On April 26, Ukraine honors the memory of the victims of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
It was on this day, in 1986, that two explosions thundered at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. A reactor burst into flames, which at that time contained about 200 tons of uranium. About 240,000 rescuers were involved in eliminating the consequences of the disaster. The first firefighters who arrived to extinguish the flames did not have special protective equipment, so they received high, even fatal, radiation doses. Immediately after the accident, more than 8,500,000 people were irradiated and 155,000 square meters of territories were contaminated. Even after the fire was extinguished, the reactor continued to emit incredible amounts of radiation for several weeks until it was bombarded with a mixture of sand, lead and boron.
April 26 is a reminder of the pain that will never pass and we must always remember the hundreds of thousands of people who died at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
On this tragic day, we appeal to the participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the disaster, people of good will, states and peoples, who are still helping to overcome the Chernobyl disaster.
We propose to honor April 26 with a minute of silence to the victims who protected the world from mortal danger …
President of the Assembly E. Romanenko