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    Ukraine pays homage to Chernobyl

    AFP
    27.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    KIEV - Ukraine paid homage yesterday to victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe 23 years after the worst nuclear accident in history.

    "Today we remember with profound sadness those heroes who fought against the nuclear storm and sacrificed themselves for us and our children," President Viktor Yushchenko said in an address published by his press service.

    Some 100 Ukrainians, including Yushchenko and other top officials, laid wreaths overnight before the monument to Chernobyl's victims in Kiev and lighted candles during a religious service dedicated to the tragedy.

    In Slavutich, a small town 50 kilometers away from the accident's site where many of the power station's personnel used to live, the night vigil gathered many hundreds who brought flowers and candles to the Chernobyl victims' monument. The disaster occurred on April 26, 1986.
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