Borovko has his own memories of the disaster.
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Thirty years after the devastating Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Ukraine's interim ambassador to Lebanon described his memories of the event and the long-term effects that the country still feels today.Over the next 10 days, radiation would poor out of the decimated fourth reactor, sending plumes of contaminated dust across Ukraine, the surrounding countries and as far as Russia and Northern Europe.While Ukraine paused Tuesday to commemorate and remember the events of 1986, they also know that the impact of the disaster is still being felt today. The Ukrainian government estimates that the zone will be safe for human habitation again in around 20,000 years.Since independence in 1991, the Ukraine has been trying to spread the word of the Chernobyl disaster, partly to encourage the international community to assist the country in the cleanup operation.Thirty years later, Borovko explained that despite the long-term dangers, the threat of radiation didn't loom over the heads of the Ukrainian people. There remains significant environmental monitoring across Ukraine to make sure that crops and livestock reared in the country didn't contain high levels of radiation from the fallout, Borovko added.
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