President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting on social protection of liquidators of the Chornobyl accident. During the event, he presented the participants of the liquidation of the Chornobyl accident with state awards.
"I want to thank everyone who fought at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant with this accident, thank everyone who gave their lives, those who survived but buried their health forever," said the President.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that he had signed a decree "On additional measures to commemorate and honor the participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the Chornobyl accident". This document, in particular, introduces the award of the President of Ukraine "For participation in the liquidation of the Chornobyl disaster" to honor citizens who were directly involved in the liquidation of the Chornobyl accident.
"I know that hundreds of thousands of heroes of our state, heroes of the Soviet era - liquidators - have been waiting for the appearance of this award for decades. This award will now appear. I will be happy to award all the liquidators with it," the President said.
The decree also provides for an increase in the presidential scholarship for servicemen, firefighters, civil servants and law enforcement officers of Ukraine who on April 26, 1986 were directly involved in extinguishing the fire at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, its protection and were exposed to significant radiation. The amount of the scholarship will increase from UAH 5,800 to UAH 9,670. More than 50 people will receive the increased scholarship.
"These are the first to take a powerful blow without special, modern means of protection. They had nothing but gloves and helmets," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Задля розв’язання житлових проблем ліквідаторів Глава держави доручив уряду вжити заходів щодо забезпечення їх житлом, передбачивши відповідне фінансування.
In order to solve the housing problems of the liquidators, the President instructed the government to take measures to provide them with housing, envisaging appropriate funding.
"Next year, we will resume the state program to provide housing for participants in the liquidation of the Chornobyl accident," the President said.
The Head of State stressed that the Cabinet of Ministers should start implementing the decree as soon as possible so that it could be implemented by April next year.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also called for finding budget funds for the reconstruction of the Chornobyl National Museum in Kyiv.