Kiev: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is renewing calls for funding to build a new shelter around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor on the accident`s 25th anniversary.
Ukraine still needs to raise some $300 million for the project after an international donors conference held here earlier this month.
Yanukovych said in a statement early Tuesday that "no nation ... can overcome the consequences of a catastrophe of such a scale by itself."
Ukrainians began marking the anniversary of the world`s worst nuclear disaster in the wee hours of Tuesday. In a memorial service in Kiev led by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, priests sang solemn hymns, Ukrainians lit thin wax candles and a bell tolled 25 times for the years that have passed since the disaster.