The site of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant should officially become a tourist attraction, Ukraine announced on Wednesday.
President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree to designate the area – the site of the 1986 disaster – as a tourist destination After the publication of the popular HBO mini-series "Chernobyl", visitor numbers in the region increased.
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"Chernobyl was a negative part of the Ukrainian brand." Zelensky said at the signing to the BBC. "It's time to change that."
The President described the area as "a unique place on the planet where nature is revived after a major technological disaster," and said that trails, waterways, and visitor checkpoints are being set up.
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Immediately after the explosion in the reactor or acute radiation sickness in the following months, at least 30 people died in April 1986 and triggered a widespread environmental disaster.
The accident in the then-Soviet Ukraine exposed millions of dangerous radiation levels in the region and forced a comprehensive, permanent evacuation of hundreds of cities and villages It was expelled in Ukraine and Belarus as radioactive dust across Europe.
HBO debuted a five-part miniseries on the explosion in May, once again drawing attention to the area. Traveling near the factory gave the show an upswing in tourism.
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"Many people come here, they ask a lot of questions about the TV show, about all events," Viktoria Brozhko, tour guide, told Reuters last month: "People are getting more and more curious. "
The itineraries offered by local tour operators include guided bus trips to the restricted area, stops in abandoned villages near Chernobyl, and then" sightseeing. "In the city where memorials and robotics are located, according to the Catastrophic hazardous substances have been eliminated, and which may also be located outside the fourth reactor, which is now covered by a new security structure.
Fox News Michael Bartiromo and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.