Ukraine-Chornobyl

A Nuclear Disaster That Bankrupted A Global Ideology

If you haven't already seen the series titled “Chernobyl” on HBO, then go ahead and watch it.

It will clear up a bit of the mystery of this place, and perhaps inspire you to come as well.

After the series released, tourism jumped from just 15,000 visitors per year to over 70,000 per year.

A few additional articles and research pointed out that the extent of the damage and chaos done by the Chernobyl reactor, bankrupted the Soviet Union, both Morally and Financially.

Ultimately, the Chernobyl Disaster was one of a few reasons that caused the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Photos From Chernobyl

An abandoned house on the outskirts of Chernobyl

An abandoned house on the outskirts of Chernobyl

Inside a school stadium near Chernobyl

Inside a school stadium near Chernobyl

A radioactive meter to scan the area. 0.19 is very low

A radioactive meter to scan the area. 0.19 is very low

May Communism Live - This Is The Bright Future of All People

May Communism Live – This Is The Bright Future of All People

Art creates the public. An understanding of Art Helps Enjoy Beauty

Art creates the public which understand this art and is able to enjoy the beauty

Ripped open floor boards of an abandoned school in Chernobyl

Ripped open floor boards of an abandoned school in Chernobyl

The entrance to Chernobyl

The entrance to Chernobyl

Monument of the Third Angel

Monument of the Third Angel

Inside a grocery store near Chernobyl

Inside a grocery store near Chernobyl

The robot used to clean up radioactive debris from the roof of Reactor 4

The robot used to clean up radioactive debris from the roof of Reactor 4

Trucks used for liquidating Chernobyl

Trucks used for liquidating Chernobyl

Another robot used to clean up reactor 4

Another robot used to clean up reactor 4

A dog looks on a stampede of tourists on a daily basis in Chernobyl

A dog looks on a stampede of tourists on a daily basis in Chernobyl

Inside the barracks of a guard near the Radar

Inside the barracks of a guard near the Radar

A liquidation truck for cleaning radioactive waste

A liquidation truck for cleaning radioactive waste

Duga Radar Station

Duga Radar Station. “Duga was a Soviet over-the-horizon radar system used as part of the Soviet missile defense early-warning radar network. The system operated from July 1976 to December 1989. Two operational Duga radars were deployed, one near Chernobyl and Chernihiv in the Ukrainian SSR, the other in eastern “

The Duga Radar Station

The Duga Radar Station

Finding Pokemon in Chernobyl

Finding Pokemon in Chernobyl

The Duga Radar Station

The Duga Radar Station

Inside the building next to the Duga Radar Station

Inside the building next to the Duga Radar Station

Entry into Territory Prohibited

Entry into Territory Prohibited

In memory of the soldiers who died in World War 2

In memory of the soldiers who died in World War 2

Books for kids that were planted around tourist hot spots in Chernobyl

Books for kids that were planted around tourist hot spots in Chernobyl

An abandoned kids school

An abandoned kids school

Dolls were planted around this abandoned orphanage in Chernobyl

Dolls were planted around this abandoned orphanage in Chernobyl

A toy rabbit looks into the window for a better day

A toy rabbit looks into the window for a better day

In the basement of the orphanage / school

In the basement of the orphanage / school

Articles from the soviet days

Articles from the soviet days

Reactor 5 under construction next to Reactor 4 in Chernobyl

Reactor 5 under construction next to Reactor 4 in Chernobyl

The billion dollar dome that currently houses the Chernobyl reactor

The billion dollar dome that currently houses the Chernobyl reactor #4

Reactor 4 on the left, and a river that fed into the Dnieper (leading to Kyiv) in the past

Reactor 4 on the left, and a river that fed into the Dnieper (leading to Kyiv) in the past

The dome that covers the reactor #4

The dome that covers the reactor #4

The dome that covers the reactor #4

The dome that covers the reactor #4

The entrance to the city of Pripyat

The entrance to the city of Pripyat

Tourists in the city of Pripyat

Tourists in the city of Pripyat

The abandoned Hotel in Pripyat

The abandoned Hotel in Pripyat

The city of Pripyat is in absolute ruins

The city of Pripyat is in absolute ruins

An abandoned Supermarket in the center of Pripyat

An abandoned theatre in the center of Pripyat

Bears spray painted onto the walls, most likely within the last 10 years

Bears spray painted onto the walls, most likely within the last 10 years

Political propaganda posters

Political propaganda posters

Study, Study, Study - Lenin

Study, Study, Study – Lenin

A brief look inside the theatre in Pripyat

A brief look inside the theatre in Pripyat

The Ferris Wheel seen in most photos of Chernobyl

The Ferris Wheel seen in most photos of Chernobyl

This was an amusement park previously in Chernobyl

This was an amusement park previously in Chernobyl

The Pripyat Ferris Wheel

The Pripyat Ferris Wheel

High levels of radiation

High levels of radiation

The boys in front of the Ferris wheel, absorbing a small amount of radiation

The boys in front of the Ferris wheel, absorbing a small amount of radiation

A sports stadium in the middle of the forest that has naturally regrown in Pripyat

A sports stadium in the middle of the forest that has naturally regrown in Pripyat

Entering an Apartment in Pripyat to get to the Rooftop

Entering an Apartment in Pripyat to get to the Rooftop

On the rooftop of an apartment in Pripyat, overlooking Reactor 4

On the rooftop of an apartment in Pripyat, overlooking Reactor 4

The trees have almost overtaken the apartments in Chernobyl

The trees have almost overtaken the apartments in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl. Looking down an elevator shaft

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Inside an apartment in Chernobyl

Leonidas sitting on a nice bench in front of an abandoned apartment, while absorbing radiation

Leonidas sitting on a nice bench in front of an abandoned apartment, while absorbing radiation

Inside an abandoned pool in Pripyat

Inside an abandoned pool in Pripyat

A gas mask hangs from a tree near Chernobyl

A gas mask hangs from a tree near Chernobyl. Most likely planted for tourists

Pripyat Cafe

Pripyat Cafe

The Pripyat river

The Pripyat river

Ultimately, this was my second time in Chernobyl, the first being 3 years ago.

By this point, the giant metal dome was finally covering the reactor. Also, our guide allowed us to visit the rooftop of an apartment, to see the scope of Pripyat, and how the trees has taken back all of the territory.

Photos From A Secret Nuclear Bunker

Back in Kyiv, my buddy found a tour guide who adventures through secret underground tunnels and bunkers as a hobby.

In this case, he was offering to show us what he found in the center of Kyiv, that was at one point a Nuclear Fallout bunker in the soviet era.

Entry into the secret Nuclear bunker

Entry into the secret Nuclear bunker

Piping through the nuclear bunker

Piping through the nuclear bunker

Piping through the nuclear bunker

Piping through the nuclear bunker

Stalactites growing on the ceilings after 30 years of not being used

Stalactites growing on the ceilings after 30 years of not being used

Rusted doors in the bunkers

Rusted doors in the bunkers

Exit from the bunker

Exit from the bunker

More bunker doors

More bunker doors

Ration cans used to store supplies in the nuclear bunker

Ration cans used to store supplies in the nuclear bunker

Old telephones

Old telephones

How to put on your nuclear radiation suit

How to put on your nuclear radiation suit

How to treat a wounded soldier

How to treat a wounded soldier

What a nuclear bomb explosion looks like

What a nuclear bomb explosion looks like

What a nuclear bomb explosion looks like

What a nuclear bomb explosion looks like

A power generator in the nuclear bunker

A power generator in the nuclear bunker

A power generator in the nuclear bunker

A power generator in the nuclear bunker

The gauges on the power generator

The gauges on the power generator

Power generation piping in the nuclear bunker

Power generation piping in the nuclear bunker

A massive library of documents

A massive library of documents

Documents from 1992

Documents from 1992

Data from 1966 to 1967

Data from 1966 to 1967

A poster about differentiating missiles

A poster about differentiating missiles

Leonidas casually reading a book

Leonidas casually reading a book

Everything will be ok!

Everything will be ok!

Individual pharmaceutical tablets and medicine

Individual pharmaceutical tablets and medicine

Individual pharmaceutical tablets and medicine

Individual pharmaceutical tablets and medicine

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Soviet Propaganda

Soviet Propaganda

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

What a nuclear bomb explosion would look like

What a nuclear bomb explosion would look like

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Preparing for a nuclear holocaust

Photos of soldiers and workers training for a nuclear holocaust in the 1970's

Photos of soldiers and workers training for a nuclear holocaust in the 1970's

Old soviet CRT TV's

Old soviet CRT TV's

What nuclear damage to humans would look like. For training purposes

What nuclear damage to humans would look like. For training purposes

Continuation of the bunker system

Continuation of the bunker system

A generator inside the nuclear bunker

A generator inside the nuclear bunker

Some kind of electrical mechanics

Some kind of electrical mechanics

If there is an attack, help the battle front!

If there is an attack, help the battle front!

Bonus: The Tunnels Under Kyiv

Our guide also took us on a tour of some underground tunnels built under Kyiv before the days of communism.

These tunnels were actively (and sometimes even today), used for extracting certain materials.

He mentioned that we would be visiting only about 2 kilometers of tunnels. The entire system itself is over 100km.

The inconspicuous entry into the tunnels under Kyiv

The inconspicuous entry into the tunnels under Kyiv

A bear used for guidance and notice in the tunnels

A bear used for guidance and notice in the tunnels

The tunnels are only about 151cm high, built when people were much shorter

The tunnels are only about 151cm high, built when people were much shorter

The tunnels are only about 151cm high, built when people were much shorter

The tunnels are only about 151cm high, built when people were much shorter

We wore rubber boots to get through the tunnels

We wore rubber boots to get through the tunnels

Leonidas Posing with a blue light in the tunnels

Leonidas Posing with a blue light in the tunnels

These tunnels were carved out for taller people

These tunnels were carved out for taller people

 

In Conclusion

Whether you are visiting Kyiv to enjoy the city, or to go on an adventure through Chernobyl, underground Nuclear bunkers, and hidden tunnel systems, you will find plenty of things to explore and see.

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