A solemn ceremony has been held in memory of those who died in the world’s worst nuclear disaster 21 years ago. The devastating explosion and subsequent nuclear fallout continues to scar Ukraine and its neighbours.
Some 350,000 people were forced to abandon their homes permanently. The event cast a shadow over the health of millions.
Estimates on what the final death toll maybe vary. The World Health Organisation believes it may ultimately cost 9,000 lives. Greenpeace puts the figure at around 93,000.
A recent British study suggests survivors have only a slightly higher risk of dying prematurely.
But the uncertainty will stay with those in the region for the rest of their lives.