President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko recalled the days when “cast adrift” after the collapse of the Soviet Union Belarusians had to overcome the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. About it BelTA reports.

“It was a very difficult time. They were heavy not only because we were barefoot, without pants, hungry, not only because we had no means to live and exist,” — said Lukashenko and praised myself taken on the basis of “little experience” the decision to develop the Gomel region, which saved the region.

He called the revival of Polesie is one of the most important parts of his presidential work. “I really love to be here, the soul has become attached to these places. When I was here in the first years of the presidency, the painting was terrible,” said the President at the meeting with activists of the Gomel region.

Lukashenka explained that he took the risky decision to rescue the region, while many politicians simply did a career in the Chernobyl disaster, without offering specific solutions.

In December 2019, the Lukashenko demanded Russia to stop helping Belarus since the Republic became a victim of the Chernobyl disaster.

The accident occurred on 26 April 1986. It is considered one of the largest technological disaster in the history of mankind. The explosion in the fourth unit of the plant were exposed to the radiation of nearly 8.4 million people in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. Set up around the plant exclusion zone from which evacuated the two cities of Pripyat and Chernobyl, and 74 villages.