The Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident will officially become a tourist attraction, said Ukraine on Wednesday.
President Vladimir Zelenski signed a decree defining the area – the site of the 1986 disaster – a tourist site after the area has grown since the release of HBO's popular Chernobyl miniseries.
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"Chernobyl is a negative part of the brand of Ukraine According to Zellenski at the time of signing, according to the BBC," It's time to change that. "
The president describes the area as "a unique place on the planet where nature is revived after a major technological catastrophe," and said visitors will be hiking trails, waterways and checkpoints.
Zeleny revealed the plans, discovering a giant structure built to contain Reactor No 4 of radioactive waste, a project worth about $ 1.7 billion to build and took 9 years to complete. URGENT DISADVANTAGES OF THE CAR
In April 1986, the disaster left at least 30 people dead in the immediate vicinity, either from an explosion in the reactor or from acute radiation in the months thereafter, causing a widespread environmental disaster.
The incident in the then Soviet Ukraine exposed millions in the region to dangerous levels of radiation and forced a large-scale, constant evacuation of hundreds of towns and villages. In Ukraine and Belarus, radioactive dust expelled across Europe
In May, HBO debuted in a five-sector ministry for the explosion that again drew attention to the area.
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"Many people come here asking a lot of questions about the TV show for all the events," Tourism Director Victoria Brozko told Reuters last month. People are becoming more and more curious. "
Routes offered by local travel companies include bus excursions to the exclusion zone, stops in abandoned villages near Chernobyl and then" sightseeing "in the city, which itself contains monuments and robotics used to cleaning up hazardous materials after the disaster, they can stand outside of the fourth reactor, now covered with a new safe-closure structure
Fox News Michael Bartiromo and Associated Press contributed to this report.