On Monday December 14, the day of honoring memory of liquidators of Chernobyl disaster, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko laid flowers to the memorial to Warriors of Chernobyl and the memorial to Heroes of Chernobyl, honored their memory with a moment of silence, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the AP press service.
“Today, we pay tribute to courageous people who curbed the nuclear element and protected Ukraine and the whole world from fatal danger in the course of the Chernobyl disaster,” the President said.
The Head of State emphasizes that the accident at Chernobyl NPP resulted in a national tragedy the aftermath of which we still experience. “It scorched lives of millions of our citizens and caused a bunch of problems that are being transformed, but hasn’t disappeared,” the President noted.
In order to resolve the problem of safe maintenance of decommissioned facilities, Ukraine has to involve substantial material, financial, intellectual and human resources for the complex work on installing a new shelter, decontamination, recovery and development of contaminated areas.
“In conditions of undeclared war against us, when the top priority is to preserve our independence and territorial integrity, the authorities and civil associations should elaborate optimal and balanced mechanisms of social protection and support for people affected by the nuclear disaster, particularly for children of Chernobyl and people with disability,” – the Head of State emphasized.