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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chernobyl Aid

Some 500 demonstrators gathered outside Ukraine’s parliament Tuesday to demand continued state aid for victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and people who worked on the cleanup effort.

More than 2.2 million people in Ukraine are eligible for benefits stemming from their suffering, or that of their relatives, as a result of the disaster, according to Interfax.

But the government is trying to cut support in the 2001 budget, the protesters alleged. They also demanded the government make good on overdue benefit payments, provide 4 million hryvna (about $714,000) for events organized by the Chernobyl Union nongovernmental organization, and index their pensions and other subsidies to inflation, going back to 1996.

Some 4,000 people, who took part in the poorly organized cleanup after the explosion and fire at Chernobyl have died, and an estimated 70,000 people in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia are considered disabled by radiation.