Members of the EBRD’s Nuclear Security Account will come to Kyiv on April 25, to hold a conference in the Ukrainian capital. The day after that, they will go to see Chornobyl nuclear power plant.
The account is used by the EBRD to fund construction of anti-radiation protection infrastructure around the disaster area. That includes construction of the sarcophagus over the NPP’s 4th reactor.
As is known, the Chornobyl nuclear disaster took place in small hours of April 26, 1986. It was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 people. During the accident itself, 31 people died, and long-term effects such as various types of cancer are still being investigated.
Since 2006, Ukrainians have been marking the Day of liquidator of the Chornobyl disaster on December 14.
President Petro Poroshenko previously announced that 2016 will be the year of commemoration of the victims and liquidators of Chornobyl disaster.