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The black and white shots, taken shortly after the 1986 Ukraine tragedy, revealed the truth behind the tragedy that Soviet authorities were trying to hush up.

Never-seen-before shots of Chernobyl nuclear disaster that cost two of the four…

They saved mankind. Liquidators of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

Robots couldn't handle the intense radiation at Chernobyl, so the dangerous nuclear cleanup job fell to the "liquidators" — a corps of soldiers, firefighters, miners, and volunteers.

Credit: Igor Kostin/Corbis <strong>January 1987:</strong> In a specialist radiation unit in Moscow, a liquidator is examined by a doctor in a sterile, air-conditioned room after an operation

January In a specialist radiation unit in Moscow, a liquidator is examined by a doctor in a sterile, air-conditioned room after an operation, Photograph: Igor Kostin/Corbis

27 April, 1986: The first photo to be taken of the reactor, at 4pm, 14 hours after the explosion. This was taken from the first helicopter to fly over the disaster zone to evaluate radiation levels. The view is foggy due to radiation, which also explains why the shot was not taken too close to the window. Later, radiation experts learnt that at 200 metres above the reactor, levels reached 1500 rems, despite the fact that their counters did not exceed 500 rems.  Photograph: Igor Kostin/Corbis

The first ever photo taken of the Chernobyl disaster, 14 hours after the explosion. It was taken by photographer Igor Kostin in the first helicopter to fly over the disaster zone to evaluate radiation levels. The view is foggy due to the high radiation.

Explosion at Reactor 4, Chernobyl nuclear power station, Ukraine, 26 April 1986.

Explosion at Reactor Chernobyl nuclear power station, Ukraine, 26 April

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explodes

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explodes - Photos - Days the Earth stood still

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