Accompanied by Emergency Minister Victor Baloha, Kyiv Governor Evhen Zhovtyak and Deputy Secretariat Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Matviyenko, Victor Yushchenko arrived in Chornobyl, the President's press office reported.

There he visited the St. William’s Church and met with local Orthodox residents and representatives of the Chornobyl Community Association. The President commissioned Zhovtyak to legalize the so-called Chornobyl self-settlements. He also asked Baloha to unite all four temples located at the Chornobyl radioactive zone to make one church complex. He opined that the renewal of churches would accelerate the revival of Chornobyl.

Yushchenko also supported the initiative of the local community to found an ethnographic museum in Chornobyl.

“We want to show that normal life is re-emerging here,” he said, thanking the locals for not abandoning the land of their ancestors.

Victor Yushchenko took part in a ceremony to lay flowers on the monument to those who coped with aftermath of the Chornobyl blast.

*The Memorial to Those Who Saved the World was erected to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster on April 26, 1996.

Yushchenko is also scheduled to visit the new depot of processed nuclear fuel and the power plant,  meet with its directors and listen to their report.


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