The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

A photographer from New Zealand Amos Chapple managed to get to the territory of a secret underground nuclear base located 185 kilometers away from Kiev. This place is considered the last nuclear base of Ukraine: it had been functioning until 1991 when the country, following the collapse of the USSR, was deprived of all nuclear weapons.

Let’s visit the bunker from where the Soviet army was threatening to the west with intercontinental nuclear missiles.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

In the Soviet time they could launch nuclear missiles in the direction of America from here, but now this place is free from weapons. However the base is preserved rather well.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The launching silo.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

This place still creates a nervous feeling.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The main entry to the base does not attract much attention.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

When you come down, you find yourself in a corridor 155 meters long that leads straightly to the control room.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The heavy metal door weighs 750 kg, so it can withstand a nuclear explosion.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The underground nuclear base was working since 1978 to 1991. It is ten storeys deep including launch silos. In a case of a nuclear blow it could autonomously maintain itself for 45 days. It was equipped with its own generator, all the personnel could be accomodated in bedroom and other dwelling premises of the object.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The control room with a red button! The chairs have belts to fasten a man on duty in a war period to keep him in the chair even when he’s exhausted. They say, that there were missiles SS-18 “Satan” and SS-24 “Scalpel” ready to be launched from here.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

It is still in a faultless condition.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The control panel is made in a recognizable Soviet design.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The museum exhibit: the sectional view of the nuclear base.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

How is it like to be a nuclear missile operator?

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

If they got a command to launch a missile, two officers had to simulteneously turn the key (on the right) and push the button (on the left). Only four hands could make the system work – it was a prevention from someone’s crazy actions.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

Missiles launched from here could reach New York within 20-25 minutes. Upon reaching the target, the warhead of a SS-18 missile would open and let a dozen of smaller missiles out to cover targets withing huge areas.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

If a visitor wants guides could turn on the emergency signal or a missile launch signal. Just to hear the sound, of course.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The entire base was standing on powerful shock absorbers to prevent a launch of missiles or a spontaneous blasting in case of a nuclear strike.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

All the doors of the object are heavy and thick.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

SS-24 model.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

Full-sized “Satan” missile.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

Recreation room for the duty staff 36 meters deep under the ground. Squeezed but pleased!

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

Fire guns storage box.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

There are no elevators at the base.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

They had all modern equipment! A microwave oven, for example. Soviet people didn’t have it even in their dreams then.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

And a cute samovar!

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

“Stop! Back off! High voltage!”

Now it is not dangerous but once it could kill anyone who would incidentally touch it.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The secrecy of the base was maintained so strictly that even today, many years after, locals do not want to discuss it – cause it’s the secret!

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

“What to do, if…” instructions.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

Remains of Soviet fighters on the base.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

And other military equipment.

The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore

The museum has opened just recently but it will probably be interesting for crowds…

via dailymail.co.uk

2 thoughts on “The Last Nuclear Base of Ukraine: Not So Secret Anymore”

  1. This is great. There is a similar museum in Green Valley, Arizona: The Titan Missile Museum. I would love to visit both of them.

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