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Ukraine yesterday placed a dollars 4bn ( pounds 2.7bn) price tag on urgently needed nuclear-safety measures, and said it could not afford to close down its Chernobyl power plant - scene of the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986, Reuter reports from Vienna.

The Vice-Prime Minister, Valery Shmarov, said Ukraine also needed Western cash to hasten the construction of new reactors and the eventual decommissioning of Chernobyl.