Opinion: What I learned growing up behind Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

Ever since I was 10 years old, I stumbled across a book about the effects of the Chernobyl disaster, and I’ve had nightmares about radioactive contamination regularly. A good friend and writing partner of mine, he had to suffer throughout his school years expressing his nightmares in prose and poetry.

I grew up in Zaporizhia, a city in southeastern Ukraine about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Growing Fear of Nuclear Disaster — We were familiar with atomic anxiety.

After all, the Chernobyl disaster, which happened just two years before I was born, was a regular feature of the school curriculum.

Textbooks aside, my aunt was a Soviet citizen. marched unconsciously During the 1986 May Day parade in central Kyiv, about 110 kilometers (68 miles) north of Chernobyl Reactor 4, was spewing radiation into the sky.
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In my last year of school, I went on a trip to Enerkhoda, a small town with a Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. I was secretly disappointed with the boredom of the orderly station. Throughout the 2000s, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reportedly rated the plant as: One of the best orchids in the world.

The power plant was neat and tidy, as were the thousands of employees in charge of the six reactors. My best memory from that trip was when the bus broke down in the fields on the way home.

Now, 20 years later, those fields are on firemy homeland is on the brink of war, and a decent expert on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant taken hostage huge physical and psychological pressure.
I wonder if the station looks tidy 50 items of military equipment kept where the Russians regularly shelled the nearby Ukrainian city of Nikopol, 120 rockets in one night. It is doubtful that the IAEA commission, which is crossing the front lines and looking to inspect the station, will once again rate it the safest station in the world.
Russian forces occupied the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in March, and its staff reportedly Active with a gun. It happened on a rare night spent alone in a rented apartment in Lviv. During the first few weeks of the full-scale invasion, it was common to share lodgings with many friends and strangers. I was moving.
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Among them were my parents who had just left for Germany. My best friend and faithful recipient of her teenage writings inspired by my nucleus, she was on her way from Zaporizhia to Lviv with her young family. After 30 minutes of uneasy sleep, I was awakened by her alert on the news. I saw a video of the Russian military shelling a nuclear power plant that overshadowed my childhood. In my nightmares, people were smarter than they were. The reality turned out to be more ominous.

Russian military personnel shelling reactors are likely suicide bombers. Alternatively, it is possible that the average Ukrainian child does not have basic education about the never-ending radiation sickness. The same lack of knowledge was found in the decision of the aggressor. dig a trench in the red forest Suspended mission in Kyiv. Located in the heart of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, this forest is one of the most important forests in the world. Contaminated nuclear facilities in the world. It is impossible to imagine Ukrainians who would interfere with the burial of this radioactive waste.
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The Chernobyl tragedy is part of Ukraine’s collective memory. It permeated the country’s literature and moved politics.Ukrainian writers and others documenting the experiences of survivors Ivan Drak When Volodymyr Yavorivsky They turned anti-nuclear activists, founded grassroots political organizations, and campaigned for independence from Moscow, which caused the worst nuclear disaster in history on Ukrainian soil and disregarded the consequences.

In fact, the Kremlin’s cover-up of the catastrophe was a powerful cause that allowed Ukrainian environmentalists and dissidents to shake the foundations of Soviet rule.Five years after the catastrophe, Ukrainians voted withdrew from the Soviet Union. The independence of the modern Ukrainian state has a nuclear bruise. This political group has made nuclear energy a topic of remembrance in Ukraine and a place of amnesia in Russia.

In March, I hugged my best friend as she crossed the border to seek the safety of her children in Western Europe. I gave her a collection of her favorite poems as a memento of hers. Ukrainians are accustomed to fighting the enemy not only with weapons, but also with words.

A friend gave me four iodine pills in case I was faced with an enemy I could not fight.I carried her goodbye gift in her purse during her six months of Russian life. nuclear terrorism.
Aunt Techiana and Sasha Dvzhik in Zaporizhia region, 1994.
My aunt, who was summoned to march under the radioactive clouds of Chernobyl 36 years ago, is now among the residents queuing for government rations. Iodine in Zaporizhia. If the occupiers cause a radiation accident at the occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, our homeland will most likely enter a new exclusion zone, and the spread of radiation will not be confined to the zone and borders.

During the eight years Russia has waged war on Ukraine, Ukrainians have warned the international community of the danger of active fighting near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Hmm. The invaders were appeased.

It is now the task of the international community to return control of Ukraine’s civilian nuclear facilities to those who know history, respect the past and treat them responsibly to the future – the Ukrainians.

The writer uses the Ukrainian spelling of Chernobyl.

Source: www.cnn.com

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