What are these people up to out there on this island? Are they seriously getting closer to some secret of immortality or are they just a bunch of disillusioned and possibly insane cultists holding onto a feverish dream? Whatever they are up to, it is one of the weirder and more intriguing of the tales revolving around Chernobyl. With all of this strangeness, one might wonder if there is any alien activity connected to Chernobyl, and the answer is: of course there is.
There have been quite a lot of conspiracies centered on the involvement of supposed extraterrestrial entities with the Chernobyl disaster, which postulate that these forces intervened to lessen the ultimate impact of the calamity. In the days leading up to the explosion at the nuclear plant, there were several sightings of UFOs in the vicinity, including a group of eyewitnesses who claim to have seen a mysterious object in the sky above the area for a full 6 hours. One of these UFO witnesses, a Mikhail Varitsky, would say of one such sighting:
I and other people from my team went to the site of the blast at night. We saw a ball of fire, and it was slowly flying in the sky. I think the ball was six or eight meters in diameter. Then, we saw two rays of crimson light stretching towards the fourth unit. The object was some 300 meters from the reactor. The event lasted for about three minutes. The lights of the object went out and it flew away in the northwestern direction.
The ongoing speculation among UFO enthusiasts is that these forces were seeking to contain and dissipate the damage of the disaster, and to even avoid a full nuclear blast, which is made all the more evident considering that many have come to the conclusion that the catastrophe could have, and perhaps very well should have, been much, much worse. Some witnesses have claimed that they had seen mysterious unidentified objects in the sky immediately preceding the disaster, and one Jerry Washington has explained that other rather credible professionals saw weird things going on as well, saying: