Portsmouth/Hayling Link  

Mr Oleksandr Shimmasskiy

Our LINK was fortunate to have Mr Oleksandr Shimanskiy visit the Portsmouth and Hayling Island area in April 2012 to conduct a series of talks.

Oleksandr’s Profile

He was commissioned to a role of the fire and rescue engineer during the period following the Chernobyl disaster.


Mr Oleksandr Shimanskiy

Mr Shimanskiy started his career as an electrician at Novokrivorozh Mining Complex. In 1978 he graduated from University and worked as an assistant operator on a mining machine, then as a mining master, then as head of mine. From 1980 to 1983 he was in charge of a mining centre in Krivbas and then in 1983 he was employed by the “Southern Mining and Construction Company”

From April to May 1987 he was commissioned to Chernobyl in a role of the fire and rescue engineer dealing with deactivation of the industrial area around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and burial of the “red forest”.

He has been awarded several times by the military unit he was subscribed to for acting in life threatening conditions whilst carrying out his duty.

In 2005 he founded a branch of a national public organisation “Chernobyl Union of Ukraine” in Inguletski District of Krivoi Rog city. He is now working hard to protect interest of many other Chernobyl liquidators who belong to the branch, and he is an active member of local public movements and sits on the local council. He has also received recognition for his work by the national office of “Chernobyl Union of Ukraine” in Kiev, Ukraine.

Visit April 2012