Kiev / Ukraine & Chernobyl, visit...

I was invited to visit Kiev in Ukraine for Christmas & New Year's.
However I noticed that the city resides just 90-100km away from the Blast point of Chernobyl (26 April 1986) and that the whole area was soaked with radiation, as well as the Dnieper river passing by the city and the kyivs'ke reservoir (Probably the city's water supply)

So, I'm skeptical / worried of whether I should even visit and consume, water, food there, let alone the dust on my clothes and breath the air there.

Is Odessa (~530km away from Chernobyl) as badly affected as Kiev and safe to visit?

From what I understand the whole country was badly affected by this and probably not safe to stay or live there at all even today!

What are your objective opinions?!

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

    I was in Kiev as recently as August and on four other occasions since the breakdown of the reactor at Chernobyl. I haven't died or turned green, and nor do I glow in the dark.

    Go and enjoy. There's a football tournament in the Ukraine next year and I doubt the organising authority would put thousands of fans at risk unless the bribe money was extermely attractive. :D

    If you don't go but still want to see Kiev's architecture, go to Helsinki.

  2. Go and enjoy your stay in Kiev. I am sure that if the 2.7 million+ citizen in Kiev are ok, you will be too.

    On the other hand, I want to visit Prypiat . To see the real thing from COD MW and S.T.A.L.K.E.R
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