The conflict with Russia has diverted Ukraine's resources from restoration efforts in Chernobyl, Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations, tells dpa.
Starting around the time Ukraine became independent in the early '90s, it spent between 10 and 15 per cent of its state budget on the consequences of Chernobyl consequences, Yelchenko says. But there has been a delay because of expenditures related to the conflict with Russia."
"Many things which are now about to be completed would have been done let's say two years ago. For example, the shelter facility, the sarcophagus, was supposed to be completed almost two year ago."
He says the cost of a single day of military operations in the east of Ukraine, not including the consequences of the annexation of Crimea, is a couple of million dollars, according to some estimates. "So all this money, at least part of it, would go to Chernobyl."