U.S. pledges additional $10 mln to ensure Chornobyl safety
The U.S. Department of State announces it marks the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster by additionally pledging $10 million to ensure "the safety of future generations" who live in the Chornobyl exclusion zone.
"The United States marks this anniversary with a pledge of an additional $10 million to help ensure the safety of future generations who live in the affected area," U.S. Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson for the Bureau of Public Affairs John Kirby said in a statement on Monday, April 25.
This pledge comes on top of the more than $400 million the U.S. has already committed to the international effort to help Ukraine restore the site of the accident to an environmentally safe and secure condition.
"As we reflect on the tragedy of Chornobyl, so too must we recognize the progress that has been made to complete a new confinement structure for the destroyed reactor, which should soon be moved into place," he said.
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"We look forward to continuing our work with the Ukrainian Government and our international partners to improve the lives of Ukrainians there and across Ukraine," he added.