Valery Khodemchuk Memorial - Chernobyl

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    Deep in the bowels of the Unit 3/Unit 4 Ventilation block is a memorial to a fallen hero of Chernobyl, Valery Khodemchuk, a machinist who was likely killed by debris from the explosion of the reactor that destroyed the main circulation pump halls where he was presumable standing at the time of the disaster. His body was never recovered, but Chernobyl workers maintain his memorial and leave fresh flowers, candies, and cigarettes. When you approach the memorial, you are surrounded by an oppressive silence struck by the human toll of the accident.

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