Ukraine asks for more money for Chernobyl shelter

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April 26, 2011, 10:41 a.m. | Ukraine — by Associated Press

Candles and flowers are placed to commemorate those who died after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, during a ceremony at the memorial to Chernobyl firefighters in the city of Slavutich, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Former Soviet republics marked 25 years Tuesday since the Chernobyl power station exploded in the world's worst nuclear accident, endangering hundreds of thousands of lives and contaminating pristine forests and farmland.
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is renewing calls for funding to build a new shelter around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor on the accident's 25th anniversary. Ukraine still needs to raise some $300 million for the project after an international donors conference held here earlier this month.

Yanukovych said in a statement early Tuesday that "no nation ... can overcome the consequences of a catastrophe of such a scale by itself."

Ukrainians began marking the anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster in the wee hours of Tuesday. In a memorial service in Kiev led by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, priests sang solemn hymns, Ukrainians lit thin wax candles and a bell tolled 25 times for the years that have passed since the disaster.
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Anonymous April 26, 2011, 12:24 p.m.    

Yanukovych needs to discuss this matter with Putin and Kirill. They have a responsibility to help Ukraine not by words but by providing the funds required to built the shelter. The so call patriarch should be leading the Russian government to help Ukraine instead of singing solemn hymns in Kiev. Russia still has to assume responsibility for this catastrophe

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Anonymous April 26, 2011, 12:43 p.m.    

While we caroused the night away, extraordinary events were unfolding 130km to the north. Technicians were conducting experiments that involved the disabling of automatic shutdown mechanisms at the plant’s fourth reactor. After a tremendous power surge, the reactor blew up at 1.23am on Saturday, April 26.

Except for high-ranking Communist party officials, the KGB and a number of scientists, doctors and fire-fighters, no one in the Soviet Union, let alone the wider world, knew anything about this. Soviet habits of secrecy and deception kept millions of people in the dark even as radiation spread across Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and beyond.

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Anonymous April 26, 2011, 5:57 p.m.    

The national psychosis and collective memory loss of the Russians will be applied to Chornobyl, just as they apply their denialism to the Holodomor.

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