The Chernobyl nuclear disaster is part of human history. Ukraine now wants to make objects from the exclusion zone around the damaged reactor World Heritage.

Ukraine plans to include objects from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in its UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Many of these monuments can be preserved so that humanity remembers what happened here,” Culture Minister Alexander Tkachenko said on Monday at the former nuclear power plant, as the Ukrinform state news agency reported.

The application with the provisional list must be submitted by the end of March 2021. Until now, seven places in the Eastern European country are part of the World Heritage. Among them are the St. Sophia Cathedral and the Pechersk Lavra in the capital Kiev, the old town of Lviv (Lemberg) and the wooden churches and beech forests in the Carpathians.

Reminder of the Chernobyl liquidators

Since 2006, the country has commemorated the so-called liquidators of Chernobyl on December 14. These helped eliminate the effects of the explosion of reactor four at the then Soviet Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986. On December 14, 1986, the first concrete sarcophagus was built over the nuclear ruins. Since November 2016, a second steel roof has covered the remains.

As a result of the disaster, large tracts of land were radioactively contaminated. Tens of thousands of people had to be relocated. Thousands were killed and injured.

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