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(Reuter) - President Leonid Kravchuk confronted a demonstration demanding closure of the Chernobyl nuclear station on Tuesday and urged the West to help Ukraine clear up lingering problems eight years after the disaster, Reuter reports from Kiev.

Kravchuk, speaking outside Kiev's Chernobyl museum on the 'day of remembrance' marking the explosion and fire, stepped up to the microphone to face a banner hanging from a balcony reading 'Mr President, Close Chernobyl Now'.

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