Night vigil marks Ukraine's 1986 Chornobyl disaster

STORY: The city was built in 1986 after residents of neighboring Pripyat, near where the damaged reactor was located, were permanently relocated and the town became abandoned.

One of those attending the night vigil was Oleksandr Zabirchenko, who worked at the power plant in 1986.

Looking at an image of one of the victims etched into the stone of the memorial, Zabirchenko said he had known him and had seen him suffer the effects of the nuclear disaster.

“I have been coming here and will continue to come here while I am alive. Maybe there will be such a time that I will have to be brought here by wheelchair, but I will still come," he vowed.

Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday told the world not to underestimate the considerable risks of nuclear conflict, and NATO's supply of weapons to Ukraine "in essence" meant that the Western alliance was engaged in a proxy war with Russia.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the biggest attack on a European state since 1945, has left thousands dead or injured, reduced towns and cities to rubble, and forced over 5 million people to flee abroad.

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