Ukraine Asks For More Money For Chernobyl Shelter

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - 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 says in a statement 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 early today.

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.