Pripyat – a Ghost Town


    [Pripyat is a ghost town near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, part of Kiev Oblast (province) of northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus.

    Access to Pripyat, unlike cities of military importance, was not restricted before the disaster as nuclear power stations were seen by the Soviet Union as safer than other types of power plants. Nuclear power stations were presented as being an achievement of Soviet engineering, where nuclear power was harnessed for peaceful projects. The slogan [peaceful atom] was popular during those times. The original plan had been to build the plant only 25 km (16 mi) from Kiev, but the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, among other bodies, expressed concern about it being too close to the city. As a result, the power station and Pripyat were built at their current locations, about 100 km (62 mi) from Kiev. After the disaster the city of Pripyat was evacuated in two days]. – Wikipedia


    A toy lies in the window frame of a kindergarten in the deserted town of in Pripyat, Ukraine, November 27, 2012, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    A toy lies in the window frame of a kindergarten in the deserted town of in Pripyat, Ukraine, November 27, 2012, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




    A cross with a crucifix is seen in the deserted Ukrainian town of Pripyat November 27, 2012. The town's population was evacuated following the disaster at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear reactor in 1986. (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters)


    A cross with a crucifix is seen in the deserted Ukrainian town of Pripyat November 27, 2012. The town's population was evacuated following the disaster at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear reactor in 1986. (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters)




    A view of empty houses in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    A view of empty houses in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




    A view of empty houses in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    A view of empty houses in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




    An abandoned kindergarten in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    An abandoned kindergarten in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




    A damaged bench near an abandoned apartment building in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. Pripyat, the city of 47,000 had already been evacuated after the April 26, 1986, explosion of Reactor No. 4. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    A damaged bench near an abandoned apartment building in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. Pripyat, the city of 47,000 had already been evacuated after the April 26, 1986, explosion of Reactor No. 4. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




    An abandoned kindergarten in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    An abandoned kindergarten in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




    A playground in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    A playground in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




    A view of empty houses in the town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    A view of empty houses in the town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




    A view of an underpass in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    A view of an underpass in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




    A playground in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


    A playground in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)

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Pripyat – a Ghost Town


[Pripyat is a ghost town near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, part of Kiev Oblast (province) of northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus.

Access to Pripyat, unlike cities of military importance, was not restricted before the disaster as nuclear power stations were seen by the Soviet Union as safer than other types of power plants. Nuclear power stations were presented as being an achievement of Soviet engineering, where nuclear power was harnessed for peaceful projects. The slogan [peaceful atom] was popular during those times. The original plan had been to build the plant only 25 km (16 mi) from Kiev, but the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, among other bodies, expressed concern about it being too close to the city. As a result, the power station and Pripyat were built at their current locations, about 100 km (62 mi) from Kiev. After the disaster the city of Pripyat was evacuated in two days]. – Wikipedia


A toy lies in the window frame of a kindergarten in the deserted town of in Pripyat, Ukraine, November 27, 2012, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


A toy lies in the window frame of a kindergarten in the deserted town of in Pripyat, Ukraine, November 27, 2012, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




A cross with a crucifix is seen in the deserted Ukrainian town of Pripyat November 27, 2012. The town's population was evacuated following the disaster at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear reactor in 1986. (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters)


A cross with a crucifix is seen in the deserted Ukrainian town of Pripyat November 27, 2012. The town's population was evacuated following the disaster at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear reactor in 1986. (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov/Reuters)




A view of empty houses in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


A view of empty houses in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




A view of empty houses in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


A view of empty houses in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




An abandoned kindergarten in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


An abandoned kindergarten in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




A damaged bench near an abandoned apartment building in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. Pripyat, the city of 47,000 had already been evacuated after the April 26, 1986, explosion of Reactor No. 4. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


A damaged bench near an abandoned apartment building in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. Pripyat, the city of 47,000 had already been evacuated after the April 26, 1986, explosion of Reactor No. 4. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




An abandoned kindergarten in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


An abandoned kindergarten in the deserted city of Pripyat, which was built to house the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power station some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the plant, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




A playground in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


A playground in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




A view of empty houses in the town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


A view of empty houses in the town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




A view of an underpass in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


A view of an underpass in the deserted town of Pripyat near the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant Ukraine November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)




A playground in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)


A playground in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant Ukraine, November 27, 2012. (Photo by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)

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