in the tomb
where the warriors
had to do battle
think of them
and how they were slain
picture their pain
The so-called Liquidators were the thousands of men brought in from various parts of Russia and sent into the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to 'clean-up' following the 1986 explosion. Victor Tkatchouk was such a man.
The majority of these Liquidators suffered terrible and painful cancers and died within a few years. In a word, they liquidated themselves as they struggled to deal with the disaster.
Photographs on display at the memorial event I attended (the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl) showed that most of the Liquidators died between 1992 and 1996; in other words within 6 to 10 years of the date of their arrival at the scene of the explosion.
The invisible danger still lurks under the crumbling sarcophagus.