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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Waste Turned Back

Russia has turned a shipment of nuclear waste back to Ukraine, furthering a bitter dispute that has waged for a year between the two former Soviet republics, Izvestia reported Thursday. It had been en route to a storage facility in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, the newspaper said.

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has continued to accept nuclear waste from Ukraine, although Ukraine now pays for the service. It has supplied sugar, vegetable oil and other foodstuffs in return for storing its nuclear waste in Krasnoyarsk, for example. But Krasnoyarsk has started sending back train full of highly dangerous nuclear fuel in recent months as these food supplies have diminished.

The return of the waste poses a serious problem for Ukraine. According to Izvestia, the storage facility in Krasnoyarsk is the only one in the former Soviet Union that can treat Ukraine's nuclear waste.