The Ukrainian community in Edinburgh remembered those who gave their lives and health to save people following the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station three decades ago.
It was the world’s worst civilian nuclear accident. Radioactive particles were blown as far as Scotland and tonnes of uranium and plutonium remain in the damaged reactor core.
30 years ago the world experienced a devastating man-made disaster. Millions of people were exposed to radiation, and hundreds of thousands lost their health, their homes, and a part of their homeland. Chernobyl will forever remain a symbol of a great human tragedy.
We mourn the dead and commiserate with all those affected by this tragedy. We thank all the participants in the clean-up operation following the accident. They showed courage and heroism and prevented the spread of radiation.
The tragedy created heroes who saved the world. Eternal memory to the heroes who laid their heads there. We bow our heads to them.