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Ukraine. Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The Duga 3 military antenna is a huge radar antenna 150 meters high and 500 meters in length with buildings, and was part of the anti-missile defence system that would track any missiles from the USA.
After the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which occurred on 26 April 1986, the Soviet government created a 30km exclusion zone around the plant and evacuated the 116,000 residents. The area around the plant became a dead zone. Despite being one of the most contaminated places in the world, it is far from deserted.
For the past 20 years, Pierpaolo Mittica has documented what happens inside the area known as “The Zone”. He has collected the stories of those who gravitate to this place: those who have always refused to leave, those who have returned to live there, or the 2,000 or so people who continue to work there to keep it safe.
All photographs by Pierpaolo Mittica/Parallelozero Photo Agency