By Mike Jones
A photographer has captured the abandoned remains of a radar system that lies inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
The incredible photos were taken last year at the Duga-3 antennas in Ukraine, and showcase the eerie remains of a town that lived under the shadow of the enormous structure.
Abandoned classrooms and beds were all captured on camera by Roman Robroek, 30, a photographer, whilst discarded gas masks litter tables.
Duga-3 is the name of the abandoned radar system near Chernobyl, which operated from 1976 to 1989.
It is not known to the public what the purpose of the antennas were, but whilst operating it emitted an extremely powerful but anonymous signal which could disturb broadcasts and communications worldwide.
Roman, from the Netherlands, said: “I decided to take a trip to Ukraine so that I could see the Duga 3 antennas for myself, and I was shocked to discover the town that surrounds them.
“The antennas were very impressive to see, and I’m glad I’ve seen the system while it is still standing.
“There was a hidden town around the antennas with everything the residents needed: including gyms, schools, a cinema, a fire service and more.
“When they were active, the antennas were supposed to be kept a secret, so trees were planted to keep the antennas hidden.
“There’s a lot of mystery and theories surrounding the connection between the antennas and the Chernobyl disaster.
“One theory I’ve heard, claims that the Chernobyl disaster had been caused intentionally by an experiment in an attempt to cover-up the fact that the Duga-3 antennas didn’t actually work.
“No information on what was going on there was to be found in any of the remaining buildings – evidence has been removed and relevant part of the buildings have been stripped to the bone.
“I found it incredible fascinating and mysterious, and would love to go back.”