20 years ago today, Chernobyl stopped producing electricity

20 years ago, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant ceased operations. On December 5, 2000 at 13:17, the reactor of the 3rd power unit was shut down due to a malfunction in the protection system.

On December 14, it was restarted at 5% capacity in order to hold the official shutdown ceremony the next day.

On December 15 at 13:17, by order of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, the Chernobyl NPP ceased to work forever.

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