A NEW vodka is made of apples from Chernobyl’s radioactive zone.
UK and Ukrainian scientists created the spirit, ATOMIK, to support communities affected by the 1986 nuclear disaster.
It uses apples from the Narodychi district, partly covered by the abandoned exclusion zone.
Viktor Feer, director of the Palinochka Distillery where it is made, said: “It is robust but smooth with clear hints of apple reminiscent of a beautiful Ukrainian autumn.”
Its makers insist the drink is no more radioactive than other spirits.
Prof Jim Smith, from the University of Portsmouth, said: “We believe the accident’s social and economic impacts are now a much bigger problem than the radiation.”