: 19 million euros to deal with Chornobyl consequences

17:02 Apr. 22, 2016

19 million euros to deal with Chornobyl consequences

In this photo taken on March 23, 2016, a worker checks the radiation level on barrels in a storage of nuclear waste taken from the fourth unit destroyed by explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Chornobyl, Ukraine. (AP Photo)

Germany pledges additional financial support to Ukraine

The German government has decided to allocate 19 million euros in additional financial aid to cope with the consequences of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant 1986 disaster.

Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany Barbara Hendricks expressed her government's intent to provide additional funds to Ukraine, Deutsche Welle reports.

"We have invested around 120 million euros. Moreover, in the nearest future we will invest 19 million euros more," Hendricks stated.

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She added that the main task right now is to cover the ruined fourth reactor unit with a new one in order to make it safe.

"If we succeed to cover the unit with a new dome, the nuclear reactor won't produce any danger," the minister added.

Barbara Hendricks also criticized the use of nuclear energy. She emphasized that nuclear energy is "a technology leading to nowhere with a high-cost end."

The newspaper reports that in March 2016 Hendricks visited Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant where she learned about the progress of building a new cover.

Ukraine received financial aid from about 44 countries to deal with the consequences of the Chornobyl explosion. A significant part of the money was invested in constructing a new sarcophagus which is to fully isolate the ruined fourth reactor unit.

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