The ships now located at Chernobyl’s dockyard were contaminated with radiation following the nuclear disaster. Some were used in the subsequent clean up but others were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Having seen photos taken from within Chernobyl's unfinished Reactors 5 and 6 this was one of the places I had really hoped to visit. Rarely can anything be guaranteed in the zone so when we pulled up to the gate next to the reactors I had my fingers well and truly crossed.
Parishiv had population of 678 prior to 1986, today it is home to just 16. Located within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and heavily contaminated following the disaster Parishiv is where Maria Urupa, now aged 81, continues to live.
Yanov railway station is named after the isolated village that it once served. Commissioned in 1925 it was to play a vital role in the construction of Pripyat and the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plants 40 years later.