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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 June 2007, 10:47 GMT 11:47 UK
The BBC News website visits Chernobyl, 20 years on from the tragic nuclear accident.

CHERNOBYL VOICES

Olexiy Breus Olexiy, former Chernobyl operator
'It seemed to me it had to be a mass grave'
Oleg Ryazanov Oleg, power station worker
'It's depressing - soon my job will cease to exist'
Professor Igor Komissarenko Igor, thyroid surgeon
'The closer to the Chernobyl region, the more cases of cancer'

Hanna Semenenko Hanna, Chernobyl evacuee
'We took nothing with us but our souls'
Lena and Anna Kostuchenko Lena, local mother
'I was in the wrong place at the wrong time of my pregnancy'
Mikhailo Martinyuk Mykhailo, leukaemia patient
'Finding the money for medicine is difficult here'

ANNIVERSARY

As ceremonies mark the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, people in the region find it hard to forget and hope the world will remember.


IN PICTURES

Pripyat: Chernobyl's lost city
Lost city in pictures
The Chernobyl accident
Chernobyl's contaminated graveyards
Contaminated vehicles
Belarus aftermath
Chernobyl's ghostly villages
Ghost villages

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

The accident explained.
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