Ukraine

You can read about what we do during our visits to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone below.

Work on the construction of the new sarcophagus which is to cover the old one under which the damaged reactor is located. Chernobyl 2014.
The president of the Profuturum Association with Aleksei Breus, a former employee of the power plant who was working in the control room of Block 4 on the day of the disaster. The meeting took place in the nuclear power plant, where Aleksei acted as a guide and talked about the events of April 1986. The tour and interview were recorded and are available to members of the Association and other interested persons. Chernobyl 2016.
Members of the Association had the unique opportunity to enter the control room of Block 4. Chernobyl 2017.
Visit by members of the Association to Block 2 of the nuclear power plant. This block is offline and no longer produces electricity, but requires constant monitoring as there is still spent fuel in the pools. Chernobyl 2017.
Pump hall. At the bottom, one can see a power plant employee measuring radiation levels. Chernobyl 2016.
The main hall of Reactor 3. Checking the radiation levels near the pool containing the fuel rods. Chernobyl 2016.
Association members had the opportunity to visit the crisis centre, which was created in the event of emergency situations like power failures. All of the most important people meet here to jointly manage the crisis situation. Chernobyl 2016.
Members of our Association visit the main hall of Reactor 3, which is located next to the damaged Reactor 4. Reactor 3 was turned off and its fuel removed. Chernobyl 2014.
Thanks to special permission from the power plant’s director, Association members could get a glimpse of the works related to the building of the new sarcophagus. Chernobyl 2016.
Visit by members of the Profuturum Association to the construction site of the new sarcophagus. The sarcophagus is the largest building of its type in the world. It will soon cover the existing sarcophagus that is built over the damaged reactor. Chernobyl 2016.
Builders working on the construction of the new sarcophagus. They are not only from Ukraine, but also France, Poland and other neighbouring countries. Chernobyl 2016.
One of our first visits to the construction site for the new sarcophagus in 2012.
Several visits by our Association were devoted exclusively to meeting with residents of the restricted zone. These are people who refused to evacuate and still live in the closed area. Currently, there are about 200 people living in the zone; their average age is 70. 2014.
Speaking with two sisters, who tell us why they decided to stay in the zone despite the evacuation order. 2016.
This grandson (right) visits his grandmother, who refused to evacuate and lives in the closed zone, every year. 2015.
Some members of our Association have already made friends with older residents of the closed zone. Their farewells are already very fond. 2015.
Several members of the Association before the helicopter tour. The photos captured during this excursion will be used in multimedia presentations during meetings and lectures organised by the Association. 2012.
Photograph taken by a member of the Association during the helicopter flight. This picture shows the beginning of construction on the new sarcophagus. 2012.
Photograph taken from the helicopter of the abandoned city if Pripyat, which was located right next to the power plant (visible in the background). This city of 50,000 was evacuated the day after the disaster and remains abandoned to this day. 2012.
One of the dozens of abandoned villages. 2012.
Meeting with former residents of the closed zone. One a year, they have the opportunity to enter the restricted areas and visit their old homes and graves of their relatives. 2015.
Commemorative photo. 2015.
During one of our visits we met a doctor, who is still professionally active, who agreed to take us to the abandoned city of Pripyat. She took us to the abandoned hospital where she worked before the disaster and told us about living and working in the city as well as the evacuation itself. This extremely interesting and moving conversation was recorded and is available to members of the Association and others. 2012.
Meeting with employees of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Over a traditional Ukrainian meal, we discussed the everyday problems of ordinary inhabitants of the zone. We also showed them films and photos from Fukushima.
A plaque commemorating the fire-fighters and other people who died during the attempt to extinguish the blaze in Reactor 4. Slavutych 2017.
Photo taken from a drone (with special permission) showing the power plant after the construction and placement of the new sarcophagus over Block 4. Currently, the power plant is continuing the decommissioning process. 2018.
The latest photo of the power plant after the fitting of the new sarcophagus. 2018.