Chernobyl, Ukraine, was the site of a major nuclear disaster in 1986. When a systems test in a reactor there went out of control, the ensuing meltdown sent radioactive material across Europe.
The surrounding region in Ukraine was contaminated - and remains so until this day. At first the Soviet Union officials tried to cover up the disaster. The population was not informed or evacuated. The impact of the accident is felt until today with long-term health consequences and deaths. This page is a collection of DW Chernobyl-related content.
A new solar power plant has opened in Ukraine, a stone’s throw from where Europe’s biggest nuclear calamity took place three decades ago. In April 1986, a botched test ultimately led to thousands of deaths and clouds of nuclear fallout blowing across much of Europe.
People in Crimea are experiencing unusual symptoms after reports of an incident at a titanium plant. Authorities claim there is no threat to public health on the peninsula, but children have nonetheless been evacuated.
It’s been more than three decades since the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. Catastrophic radioactive contamination turned the 30-kilometer exclusion area into a “dead zone.” But left to its own devices, new life is evolving in the radioactive wasteland.