These haunting images taken by Phillip Sulke and Oliver Metlewicz illustrate the slow deterioration the city of Prypiat following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Located in northern Ukraine near the Belarus border, Prypiat once housed 49,000 Chernobyl workers and their families, a town with equipped with 15 primary schools, a hospital, 10 gyms, and 25 stores. Located within a 30km radius of Chernobyl, it was declared part of the exclusion zone after the nuclear plant explosion. Inhabitants were immediately evacuated the day after, forced to leave everything but the essentials behind, rendering it a ghost town. Today, most of the buildings are deemed unsafe to walk into, having been abandoned for the past three decades. And while visitors are still allowed into town, strict protocol of not sitting or touching anything is strictly enforced.

Broken dolls, empty hospital beds, dusty schoolbooks, shattered glass and gas mask-covered floors are all that’s left of a town’s frantic departure years ago. It’s sobering to think of how it would look another 30 years from now.

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 Pripyat Abandoned PhotographyImages © Phillip Sulke / Oliver Metlewicz