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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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