Windsor Star



A mothballed nuclear power station surrounded by wasteland, rubble and abandoned buildings is not what most people associate with a UNESCO World Heritage site. But that is exactly what Ukraine has in mind for Chernobyl.

Hoping it could mean more funding and more tourists, the government has begun a process that could eventually allow it to apply to the UN'S cultural, scientific and education body for protection. On April 26, the former Soviet republic marks the 35th anniversar­y of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, when a reactor at the plant, located some 108 km north of the capital Kyiv, exploded during a botched safety test.

Most of the area around the abandoned nuclear plant is a wilderness of empty buildings, scrubland and rubble.

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