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It contains some of the most contaminated land in the world, yet it has become a haven for wildlife - a nature reserve in all but name.
The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life.
As humans were evacuated from the area 20 years ago, animals moved in. Existing populations multiplied and species not seen for decades, such as the lynx and eagle owl, began to return.
There are even tantalising footprints of a bear, an animal that has not trodden this part of Ukraine for centuries.