Category Archives: The Ukraine

Day two, part 2: Pripyat

One of the more famous quotes about Pripyat in recent popular culture: ‘Fifty thousand people used to live here. Now it’s a ghost town.’ It’s true, but slightly off the mark. Pripyat is more than just a ghost town; it’s … Continue reading

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Day two, part 1: Chernobyl

The rain in Kiev is still, on some days, radioactive. Much of Europe doesn’t know how lucky it was in Chernobyl, nor how much they owe to the Soviet authorities. It goes like this: after US and Swedish intelligence informed … Continue reading

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Day one: “Goodbye, and Good Luck”

It’s the usual detritus made so meaningless from the air. Forests and forestry; telegraph wires lancing criss-cross over the landscape with their metal legs. Vast black patches are lakes or seas, and the canals and reservoirs are stunned with duckweed. … Continue reading

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