Ukraine released previously secret Soviet documents on the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Monday. The archives, published in a book published by the Ukrainian secret services SBU, give an overview of various construction faults, accidents and emergency interruptions from 1971 until the disaster of April 26, 1986. After the explosion of the reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Soviet nuclear power plant, a perimeter around the damaged area was prohibited due to the risk of radiation. The largest nuclear disaster in history has claimed the lives of thousands, while tens of thousands more have been displaced. On Sunday, a new fire took place in the red zone of the power plant, covering an area of around three hectares. Ukrainian authorities said on Monday that the fire was largely extinguished. In early April, a forest fire broke out around the Chernobyl power plant, reinforced by strong winds and unusually dry weather. In total, some 11,500 hectares have been destroyed. The fire was not brought under control until mid-May.
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