The Chernobyl disaster was not only a bitter lesson from the past, but also a warning for the future: planet Earth is the cradle and home of all mankind, and therefore its preservation is the responsibility of each person and the common duty of all the nations of the world.
This was underlined by President Vladimir Zelensky on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, reports the official channel Telegram.
“34 years ago, an unprecedented tragedy happened on Ukrainian soil: a peaceful atom, designed to make life easier and improve the well-being of people, has become uncontrollable and has become a threat to all beings living on a vast territory around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and far beyond, “he said. Zelensky.
He added that to overcome the consequences of the accident at that time, skills and knowledge, special equipment and machinery were lacking. The problem was seriously complicated by the actions of the leadership of the USSR at the time, which until the last tried to hide the real consequences of the disaster, endangering hundreds of thousands of citizens: those who fought the consequences of the explosion at the fourth power group, and only the inhabitants of the surrounding territories.
“On this day, we bow our heads to the blessed memory of the heroes who saved the future from the danger of radiation and entered eternity. A deep respect for the liquidators and kind words addressed to representatives of various professions which now ensure the restoration and development of territories exposed to radioactive contamination, as well as the protection of these lands from new natural disasters, “said the president.
He stressed that the Chernobyl disaster is, without exaggeration, a global disaster.
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“It was not only a bitter lesson from the recent past, but also a warning for the future. Planet Earth is the cradle and home of all mankind, and therefore its preservation is the responsibility of each person and the common duty of all nations of the world. I am convinced that the key to solving the global problems of the present, including the Chernobyl tragedy, and international solidarity and coordinated work for the better future of present and future generations remains to be found. ‘future’, concluded the head of state.
As indicated, today is the 34th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster: April 26, 1986, 1 p.m. 23 min., A powerful chemical explosion occurred in the fourth unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, destroying part of the reactor block and the engine room.
In the first days after the accident, the population of the 10 km area was evacuated, in the future the evacuation area was extended to 30 km. A total of 2,293 colonies were contaminated with radioactivity in Ukraine, where more than 2.6 million people lived in the late 1980s of the last century. As a result of this disaster, more than 5 million hectares of land have been removed from farming.
On December 8, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming April 26 as International Day of Remembrance for the Chernobyl disaster.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru