Shelter construction at the Chornobyl NPP will start on April 26 this year, President Viktor Yanukovych told Ukrainian journalists in Seoul, presidential press office reports.

According to the President, raising funds for the construction was a joint accomplishment of the international community. "Ukraine has become an active participant in the international nuclear security cooperation ... and our partners around the world feel it," Viktor Yanukovych said.

Viktor Yanukovych reminded of yet another initiative of Ukraine: to build a world-class research center at the Chornobyl NPP. "25 years of experience that Ukraine has could be useful for the world," he said.

The President also said it would be right for Japan to also take part in creating the concept of such a center given that it too has the experience of fighting the Fukushima disaster.

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