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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiev's Antarctica Push

KIEV () -- Government scientists said Friday that Ukraine may push for territory in Antarctica, just weeks after sending their first research team to the polar continent.


Twelve Ukrainian researchers arrived in Antarctica on Feb. 7, when British scientists turned over their 62-year-old Faraday research station.


The Ukrainian flag is already flying on Antarctic ice, and the team has renamed the station "Academician Vernadsky." The next step may be territorial claims, said Oleksandr Stazhilov, deputy director of the state National Marine Research Agency. Seven nations -- Britain, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, France, Norway and Chile -- already claim territory on Antarctica.