Chernobyl (/tʃɜːrˈnoʊbəl/) or Chornobyl (Ukrainian: Чорнобиль, romanized: Chornobyl) is a ghost city in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kiev Oblast, Ukraine, near Ukraine's border with Belarus. Chernobyl is about 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Kiev, and approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) southwest of the Belarusian city of Gomel. Chernobyl is 16 km (9. 9 mi) from Ukraine's border with Belarus. The city was the administrative center of Chernobyl Raion (district) from 1923, until it was disestablished in 1988. Before its evacuation, the city had about 14,000 residents.
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