Ukraine is grateful to Cuba for the program "Children of Chornobyl", President Viktor Yanukovych said during his visit to Tarara resort that has been accepting Ukrainian children affected by the Chornobyl disaster for treatment for the last 21 years.

"I would like to thank everyone for the enormous work that is carried out here – on behalf of all the families, the Ukrainian state, and the Ukrainian people," Viktor Yanukovych said, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

According to the President, the program "Children of Chornobyl" has been funded exclusively by the Cuban side so far. From now on, Viktor Yanukovych said, the funds will come from the State Budget of Ukraine, adding that the Ukrainian side is interested in the continuation of this program.

"For 20 years, Cuba has been under a great financial burden to realize the program ‘Children of Chornobyl,’ but it is now time that we offer you the appropriate funds for these services," he said.

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