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Ukraine marks Chernobyl anniversary

Ukraine is preparing to mark 25 years since the Chernobyl power station exploded in the world's worst nuclear accident.

The blast on April 26 1986 spewed a cloud of radioactive fallout over much of Europe and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in the most heavily hit areas in Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia.

An international donors conference in Kiev last week raised £485 million of the £653 million needed to build a new shelter and a storage facility for spent fuel.

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich and Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill will commemorate the victims of the nuclear accident with prayers and candle-lighting in Kiev on Monday night before they travel to the Chernobyl station on Tuesday.

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