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Life returns to an eerie Chernobyl

Chernobyl, Ukraine–The three babushkas clink shot glasses and toss back overproof vodka. They are 75, 80 and 81 years old, a trio of cackling crones who assure me – rheumy eyes crinkling with amusement – that vodka is the best antidote for radiation sickness.

Giving Paul a hand

Surgeons in Annapolis were able to expand the use of Romanian child's deformed hand Paul Lacatos is an adorable 17-month-old. He has eyes the color of chocolate kisses, rosy cheeks and a sunny disposition.

Uncle Vitya

Uncle Vitya lived at the second floor, right over us in 3-room apartment.

Remembrances of a boy Vanya Pripyatskiy

Native, my dear, full of friends town Vishgorod disappeared from the back window’s view of “Pazik”. I grieved for it so long time. Till Pripyat forced it out of my heart. I wanted to cry, tears were as a lump in my throat. There, in Vishgorod my six year old life was left. We went long; a bus was full of things gained by parents while knocking about building power plants of USSR It was my first move.

In a New Country, Coming to Terms With Losses Old and New

Most people associate Chernobyl with the devastating accident that took place at a nuclear power plant there in April 1986. Maria Kolesnichenko, now 16, has a more personal connection.

At 01 hr 23 min 49 sec Moscow time on April 26, 1986, the world’s worst-ever nuclear disaster occurred at Power Generation Unit No.4 of the Chornobyl NPP.

At 01 hr 23 min 49 sec Moscow time on April 26, 1986, the world’s worst-ever nuclear disaster occurred at Power Generation Unit No.4 of the Chornobyl NPP. As a result, the reactor core was destroyed completely, and almost all its supporting structures were severely damaged.