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Picture 1: A photograph of “liquidators” on the roof of Reactor three taken by Igor Kostin. The white streaks at the bottom of the photo were due to the high levels of radiation emanating from below. (Igor Kostin)
A badge worn by "liquidators" sent to clean the radioactive waste as a result of the Chernobyl disaster. A medal given as a reward to all those liquidators who participated in the clean-up of the Chernobyl disaster mess.
Other rare pictures of liquidators continue as you scroll
Entire world knows about the horrifying nuclear accident of Chernobyl, USSR (modern-day Ukraine). What followed after this accident was the large number of people, especially soldiers and scientists, from different parts of USSR in gathering together at the city of Pripyat to contain the nuclear waste that was giving out huge amounts of harmful radiation and radionuclides all around Europe. The number of people who died in this entire operation was large, and those who survived, many suffer from radioactive-related diseases. Many, received huge public and government support for their deeds, while some are still struggling to get the recognition they deserve.