A widow who inspired a central character in HBO’s Chernobyl has spoken out for the first time since the series aired

A widow who inspired a central character in HBO’s Chernobyl has spoken out for the first time since the series aired, revealing tearfully how her firefighter husband gave her flowers from his hospital bed before he died of radiation poisoning. 

Lyudmila Ignatenko was pregnant with her first child when her husband Vasily hurried to the scene of the 1986 nuclear disaster.

EU institutions are currently hammering out the details of the bloc’s long-term budget, known as the multiannual financial framework (MFF). The UK’s withdrawal will leave a large hole to plug. Senior EU officials have described the negotiations over the commission’s proposed €1,135bn (£970bn) in spending commitments as the most difficult ever undertaken.

The current budget ending in 2020 contained a €3.8bn fund for European aid to the most deprived (FEAD) to help EU member states provide people with food and basic supplies such as clothing, shoes, soap and shampoo.

He said he believed the crime was an act of domestic terrorism and expected it to be prosecuted that way. It follows a series of attacks targeting Jewish people in the region, including a massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey earlier this month.

Sokolov has publicly urged the Russian courts to use the full force of the law against him in his upcoming trial.

“I understand that I committed an horrific thing and deserve the strictest penalty possible,” he said in a confession penned to newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.

As Barzani spoke, his troops — part of a contingent of several hundred stationed throughout the Qara Chokh mountain range — kept watch through thick fog from behind sandbags. They claimed that on a clear day they could see Isis fighters bathing in springs in the valley below.

Peshmerga fighters said their foes seem to have abandoned the black flag that once fluttered over their territory in favour of a new image: a tiger emblazoned on a white background. Some guessed that the new flag was an attempt to confuse enemies.