Iconic Moments in Foreign Policy: Chernobyl
The disastrous meltdown in the 4th reactor of the Chernobyl (Chornobyl) Atomic Electrical Station occurred on April 26th, 1986. The explosion, which took place in the Kyiv region of Ukraine, led to several immediate deaths and injuries as well as later contamination from widespread and long-lasting radiation levels in the surrounding areas. The government, who failed to inform the public of the true scope of radiation damage for years after the accident, took several steps to identify possible affected populations and reduce the contamination.
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