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Life In the Exclusion Zone

Posted on August 24, 2013 by team


Chernobyl and Pripyat are not the only inhabited places that suffered from the Chernobyl catastrophe, of course. It affected 230 settlements in the Kiev and Zhitomir regions and approximately the same number of settlements in Belarus. The contaminated villages on the Belorussian side were mostly buried while the Ukrainian ones are still getting slowly overgrown and captured by the nature.  However some houses are taken care of – their windows are regularly painted, gardens nearby are well-kept. Yes, some people do come back to the exclusion zone – mainly elderly ones who remember the war days, it’s very important for them – to live on the native land. They amounted to a bit more than a thousand, less than 200 remained. One old couple even lives in the 10 km zone.


No garbage at all!


We’re in the village Rudnya-Veresnya.


Local people resemble neither Ukrainians nor Belorussians. They have a unique appearance and dialect. Forests are so dense there that even Wehrmacht troops could not meet because of them.




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3 Responses to “Life In the Exclusion Zone”

  1. john says:

    good story.

  2. Pat West says:

    When I see these pictures I get an urge to run into the attic of those houses to look for stashes with weapons and stuff.
    Maybe I have played S.T.A.L.K.E.R. a little bit too much…

  3. Eoin says:

    The food been a safer bet than what comes from China I’d believed :)

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