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I recently went to Kyiv primarily to visit Chernobyl. Here's some snaps.

Independence Square

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The atmosphere has settled within Kyiv however there's still alot of barricades and relics from the uprising.

Anti Russian sentiment is high.

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I was going to go this summer to Romania + Transnistria + Odessa. But, i am not going to go beacuse i have work to do. Still, if i went, the Transnistrian - Ukranian border is closed.

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This was a Soviet ABM which is basically a receiving post for incoming missiles. It's inactive now and it's odd that you don't see much related to it in media about Chernobyl. It was bizarre as we were waling through the red forest and just suddenly came to this clearing with this massive behemoth in it.

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Here is the famous reactor number 4. We were only allowed 300m within it for safety reasons but it was still pretty daunting.

10348432_323489814493969_123633263744843Despite the land being polluted, lack of human contact had led to wildlife flourishing. Here's some massive catfish we saw.

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Here are some of the more famous landmarks of Pripyat

 

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The ABM radar array is Duga-3, also known as the "Russian Woodpecker" because of the interference it created on short and medium wave broadcasting across most of Western Europe. It's one of two early warning radars linked to the system, both now defunct. The other is in Siberia and AFAIK served early warning from the Pacific side, whereas the array at Chernobyl served early warning from mainland Europe.

 

AFAIK the memorial isn't just to firefighters but to all the "Liquidators", clean-up workers at the site, including plant staff, Soviet military who piloted rescue helicopters, those involved in building the original sarcophagus and burying all the plant equipment used in the clean-up.

 

Some fantastic images there.

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So, why did you go?

I think its quite an interesting place to go. I mean how many times in your life do you get to visit a completely abandoned city. I really like abandoned buildings and urban decay anyway and the history behind the place is fascinating. It's also relatively safe radiation wise. It's equivalent to getting several xrays in a day so it's not great to be doing it every single day but otherwise there isn't any long term damage.

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Jesus that's a lot of pics, and my phone absolutely hates this thread. But there are some awesome shots. Loving the giant ABM radar Duga-3 thingy.

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The ABM radar array is Duga-3, also known as the "Russian Woodpecker" because of the interference it created on short and medium wave broadcasting across most of Western Europe. It's one of two early warning radars linked to the system, both now defunct. The other is in Siberia and AFAIK served early warning from the Pacific side, whereas the array at Chernobyl served early warning from mainland Europe.

 

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'xactly.

 

 

 

Didn't you carry any kind of protection clothing, geiger counter or iodine tablets? I heard that the radiation levels are relatively low but you never know...

 

Another question, were you allowed to roam free through the city? you know, without the guides and so.

 

Also, could you see or contact with the people that still live in the exclusion zone?

 

Most unsettling place in your opinion?

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The ABM radar array is Duga-3, also known as the "Russian Woodpecker" because of the interference it created on short and medium wave broadcasting across most of Western Europe. It's one of two early warning radars linked to the system, both now defunct. The other is in Siberia and AFAIK served early warning from the Pacific side, whereas the array at Chernobyl served early warning from mainland Europe.

 

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'xactly.

 

 

 

Didn't you carry any kind of protection clothing, geiger counter or iodine tablets? I heard that the radiation levels are relatively low but you never know...

 

Another question, were you allowed to roam free through the city? you know, without the guides and so.

 

Also, could you see or contact with the people that still live in the exclusion zone?

 

Most unsettling place in your opinion?

 

We didn't carry any type of protective clothing. Our guides had geiger counters and we had to check our radiation levels before we left in a decontamination unit to make sure everything was okay. You can bring any protective clothing you want however they stated it's not necessary. You had to wear long sleeve shirts and trousers to keep as little skin free to exposure and given it was 31 celsius this was quite hard at times.

We weren't allowed to free roam the city. The set route we went on had the least amount of radiation possible. We basically started at the ABM then saw the powerplant, then went into Pripyat where we saw they Gym, School, Kindergarten, Funfair, Theatre, Stadium and swimming pool. Our guide was saying that alot of the other buildings have become really unstable and so are unsafe to go through due to the floor possibly breaking etc

We didn't see any of original residents who'd returned however quite a few of the workers who are tasked with renovating the plant and sarcophagus lived within the zone in refurbished apartments and we saw them. There was also military and police at the 10km and 30 km checkpoints however we were told not to photograph or interact with them unless they said we could.

 

The most unsettling place was definitely the school. You still had alot of childrens homework pinned up and stuff and it's strange to think that theyr'e probably older than me now. Some of the chalk boards even had writing on them as well which is crazy and there was tons of pro soviet posters dotted around. Creepy creepy stuff.

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I love to look at abandoned places, I look up sh*t on youtube all the time. Nature taking over areas that were once such high human traffic is indeed fascinating. No matter how many pics I see of Chernobyl, I can't can't enough. I really hope to travel there one day and see it for myself.

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I had heard that the funfair had actually higher radiation levels due to the amount of metal steuctures it was made of. From what I've seen in documentaries and stuff I find it, personally, one of the creepiest places.

 

By the way, did you visit the vehicle graveyard?

 

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Urban exploration on GTAF? I'm getting a stiffy. I was supposed to go to Chernobyl last year, sadly that didn't happen.

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Wow, amazing pictures! I'd love to go to Ukraine and Chernobyl.

 

By the way, isn't dangerous to go to Chernobyl (radiation)?

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Despite popular belief Prypiat is fairly safe as far as radiation goes these days. The Red Forest, vehicle graveyard and river though are still pretty irradiated.

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This was a Soviet ABM which is basically a receiving post for incoming missiles. It's inactive now and it's odd that you don't see much related to it in media about Chernobyl. It was bizarre as we were waling through the red forest and just suddenly came to this clearing with this massive behemoth in it.

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I don't really understand what this was used for. Was it like a barrier and received the impact of incoming missiles, so they didn't hit the city? Please explain. And awesome pictures, my favorite is the one with the gas mask hanging on the post, it looks like a poster for a video game or movie.

Edit: Now that I look at the picture more, my guess of what it did seems dumb since there is a lot of open space on it, and you can just aim missiles through it, anyways I would still like to know what it's function was.

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Thanks for the pictures. Very interesting.

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Some very interesting pictures, thanks.

 

While I've always wanted to go to Pripyat, I found your pictures of Kiev equally as fascinating. I was unaware that the barricades and debris from the uprising hadn't been cleared yet and I'd love to go in the coming months to have a look for myself. A genuine chance to see history, as it were. Sadly work/money mean a trip to Kiev in the near future is unlikely. Looks like you had a really interesting holiday, I'm definitely jealous. :^:

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Simply cool f*cking pictures man. Chernobyl was always on a list of places I'd like to visit at some point in my life. Love the pictures and appreciate you taking the time to post them. Gave us, well, me some views of the abandoned city I've never seen.. definitely love the gas mask pictures.. just something eerie about those.

 

Cool stuff man and glad you had a cool trip. :^:

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This was a Soviet ABM which is basically a receiving post for incoming missiles. It's inactive now and it's odd that you don't see much related to it in media about Chernobyl. It was bizarre as we were waling through the red forest and just suddenly came to this clearing with this massive behemoth in it.

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I don't really understand what this was used for. Was it like a barrier and received the impact of incoming missiles, so they didn't hit the city? Please explain. And awesome pictures, my favorite is the one with the gas mask hanging on the post, it looks like a poster for a video game or movie.

Edit: Now that I look at the picture more, my guess of what it did seems dumb since there is a lot of open space on it, and you can just aim missiles through it, anyways I would still like to know what it's function was.

 

The Duga-3 (NATO named "Steel yard") is a OTH radar system used in the ABM early warning system for the Soviets, the picture being the array which I assume would broadcast and receive signals.

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I'd be way too scared to go to Ukraine right now, let alone go anywhere near Chernobyl.

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I have always wanted to go there and will continue to want to go there; very nice pictures also.

 

The question I would like to ask is, Is there any ability/ flexibility in the route e.g you see something and ask if you can go to it and take a closer look? or its it regimental and must follow the set route exactly

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The pics of nature thriving are really interesting, and that one of the Ferris wheel is cool too, kind of you to share here.

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Spaghetti Cat

Did you hit your target, or just blow his arm off?

 

 

OT: yeah neat pics! Thx for sharing

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I don't really understand what this was used for. Was it like a barrier and received the impact of incoming missiles, so they didn't hit the city?

 

Hnnnng.

 

Must... resist... urge... to... ridicule....

 

I mean how the hell would that work as a missile barrier, srsly. It'd be like the U.S. trying to secure it's southern border against illegal immigrants from Mexico by putting a tennis net up in one spot.

 

Cool pics Orbital.

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Great pics man, looks like a really interesting place to visit.

 

Chernobyl fascinates me, it gives us an idea of what happens when man completely abandons an area and nature takes over again. I've heard there's already cases of domesticated animals turning feral, buildings with 'forests' inside, etc.

 

What an eerie place.

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