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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chernobyl Delay Likely

KIEV, Ukraine () -- Ukraine warned Tuesday that it may delay the permanent closure of the Chernobyl nuclear plant because it would deprive the country of badly needed energy at the onset of winter.

Ukraine previously has pledged to shut down the No. 1 reactor for good next month, when it is scheduled for maintenance.

Most of the pressure to shut Chernobyl has come from the West, and Ukrainian officials often use Chernobyl's chronic problems to press for more foreign aid for the closure.