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Chernobyl victims commemorated in Ukraine

2011-04-26 03:01:49 GMT2011-04-26 11:01:49(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Ukrainians light candles to commemorate those who died after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, during a ceremony at the memorial to Chernobyl firefighters in the city of Slavutich, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 26, 2011.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Ukrainians light candles to commemorate those who died after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, during a ceremony at the memorial to Chernobyl firefighters in the city of Slavutich, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A local resident lights a candle at the Chernobyl victims' monument in Slavutich, some 50 km away from the accident's site during a memorial ceremony, on April 26. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A boy points to his grandmother's portrait at the Chernobyl victims' monument in Slavutich, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) away from the accident's site, and where many of the power station's personnel used to live, during a memorial ceremony. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

A boy holds a lit candle at the Chernobyl victims' monument in Slavutich, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) away from the accident's site, and where many of the power station's personnel used to live, during a memorial ceremony. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

A boy lights a candle in front of his grandmother's portrait at the Chernobyl victims' monument in Slavutich, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) away from the accident's site, and where many of the power station's personnel used to live, during a memorial ceremony. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Ukrainians lit candles to commemorate those who died after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, during a ceremony at the memorial to Chernobyl firefighters in the city of Slavutich, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Ukraine marked the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which was the world's worst ever nuclear accident. Some 50,000 Pripyat residents were evacuated after the disaster, taking only a few belongings. They never returned, and workers and their families now live in the new town of Slavutich, 60 kilometers (37.5 miles) from the plant. The city of Slavutich was built following the evacuation of Pripyat, which was just 1.5 kilometers (about one mile) away from the Chernobyl plant.

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