Accompanied by Kyiv Governor Vira Ulyanchenko, Victor Yushchenko visited Bila Tserkva on Wednesday to unveil a monument honoring the victims of the Chornobyl tragedy, The Chornobyl Bell, and plant trees around it, according to president's press office..

In a speech during the ceremony, he said it was incumbent on the government to “adequately react” to the aftereffects of the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe and added that Ukraine had spent more money on the issue in the past three years than in the decade before.

“However, this response is not full,for we need much more [ money ],” he said, urging the cabinet of ministers to introduce Chornobyl programs.

Yushchenko said the Chornobyl issue affected the whole country and insisted that the polluted zone should be developed, calling it “not only the area of tragedy but also of prospects.” He said it could be used to produce biological fuel, generate energy, open wildlife preserves and process wood.

“This territory must not be forgotten. We want to see this land alive and revived,” he said, adding that the Shelter project was an integral part of Chornobyl’s renewal.

The Ukrainian leader expressed gratitude to those who had sponsored the creation of the monument. Bila Tserkva Mayor thanked him for his Chornobyl policies.

They observed one minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the disaster.


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