International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Radiation Accidents and Catastrophes

26 April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant — the first-born of Atomic Energy of Ukraine — became a symbol of the largest in the history of man-made disaster.

As a result, Chernobyl radioactive contamination occurred in the radius of 30 kilometers. The total area of ??radioactive contamination in Ukraine amounted to 50,000 square kilometers in 12 areas, radioactive contamination was achieved in 19 Russian regions with the territory of nearly 60,000 square kilometers and has a population of 2.6 million people have been contaminated 46,500 square kilometers in Belarus, where about 20 percent of the population.

Chernobyl sarcophagus and a monument to the liquidators of the accident (Photo: Sergey Kamshylin, Shutterstock) in September 2003 at the CIS summit, Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma proposed member countries of the Commonwealth to declare April 26 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of radiation accidents and catastrophes. Council of CIS Heads of State endorsed the proposal.

Recall that each year December 14 in Ukraine is celebrated Day celebration of the liquidators of the Chernobyl accident.