The radioactive waste disposal facility Buryakivka is named after a village of the same name, although they are located quite far from each other. This is a large fenced field where more than 1.3 million tons of radioactive waste is buried in special trenches measuring 150×50 meters (492×164 ft), packed with a meter-thick layer of clay. “Dirty” equipment is allotted to a special small area. Cars are stacked up on each other almost in piles.
The radiation contamination is much higher than in Rassokha, and the range of vehicles is somewhat different. Military helicopters Mi-24 (“Crocodiles”) are also preserved here. They were modified to eliminate the consequences of the Chernobyl accident. Since the Mi- 24 had airtight cabins with radiation protection, they were adapted for radiation reconnaissance. In the southeastern part of the repository, there is a sludge disposal site. The bodies of Mi-8 helicopters, fire engines, military equipment (BRDM, BTR, IMR), tankers, etc. are located there. At Buryakivka, you can even see a wheeled robot that worked on the roof of the destroyed 4th power unit and “died” from the extreme radiation levels.
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