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27th April 2017 - Chernobyl

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Today we take a trip out of Kyiv and enter the Exclusion Zone, home to such towns as Chernobyl and Pripyat. This is highly restricted area than can only be visited with government permission. Such permissions have been granted to authorised tour companies. A valid passport is also needed for entry.

The exclusion zone has a circumference of around 30km with an inner zone of around 10km. There are actually 120 people who permanently reside in the outer zone. Radiation levels in this zone are reasonably safe. There are shift workers who also work in Chernobyl.

The town of Pripyat is the most desolate of all those in the Exclusion Zone. Only tourists, police and soldiers visit there. Pripyat consists of empty schools, hotels, shopping centres, a fair ground and an unfinished stadium. In just 31 years the city has been over run by nature having been left to the elements.

As difficult as it was getting to Kyiv and arranging to join this tour it is certainly one of the most interesting I have ever been on.

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