Ukraine ready to begin building Chernobyl shelter

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Posted: Jul 12, 2011 3:48 PM
Ukraine ready to begin building Chernobyl shelter

The president's office says Ukraine has received enough donation pledges to begin construction of a new shelter over the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko was quoted Tuesday as telling President Viktor Yanukovych that work on the euro740 million ($1.04 billion) project at the Chernobyl nuclear plant can begin this year and should be completed in 2015.

Anton Usov, a spokesman for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development _ which manages the project _ said international donors have so far pledged euro670 million ($940 million). He said the remainder should be raised as the project progresses.

Ukraine this year marked the 25th anniversary of the disaster.