As Ukraine and Belarus on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the
Chernobyl nuclear accident with solemn words and an angry protest, some
of the men who were sent to the site in the first chaotic and
frightening days were gripped by painful memories.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko led a ceremony in Chernobyl, where work is underway to complete a 2 billion euro ($2.25 billion) long-term shelter over the building containing Chernobyl's exploded reactor. Once the structure is in place, work will begin to remove the reactor and its lava-like radioactive waste.