Chernobyl-2

THE ABANDONED MILITARY GHOST TOWN IN THE UKRAINE

Chernobyl-2 is an old Soviet town in Ukraine. It was home of the ‘Duga-1 Radar’. It is situated in the woods, about 10 kilometres south from Chernobyl and Pripyat. It used to be a top secret military site during the Soviet times.

Chernobyl-2 is the shadow of the small and quiet town of Chernobyl. As was customary in Soviet countries, all the secret military objects were named after the neighboring cities. Probably the military tried to confuse enemy intelligence this way.

Duga-1 is one of the three Soviet ‘over the horizon’ radar stations. A system made for early detection of attacks by ballistic rockets. This radar system was developed in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, during the cold war. The Duga systems were extremely powerful.

They started to built the Radar station here in Chernobyl-2 in 1970. Chernobyl-2 was a small city for military families. This garrison held about one thousand people, had a small hospital, a school, kindergarten, hotel, several shops and a fire station. Life in this remote town was not boring for the families, the site had also theater, cinema and many sport accomodations.

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The city was evacuated in 1986 because of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. At the end of 1987 also the radar system was partially shut down. Together with the final decision of closing the zone around the nuclear power plant, Chernobyl-2 was abandoned. I visited the town in 2014 and 2015. More reports on Chernobyl, are on my other website Chernobyl.one.

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