Disinfo: The US uses the territory of Ukraine to bury its nuclear waste

Summary

The USA uses the territory of Ukraine to bury its nuclear waste. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an agreement with Washington for the disposal of nuclear waste in the Sumy region.

Disproof

There is no evidence for this claim, which is part of the recurring disinformation about Ukraine, describing it as a testing ground for different things, e.g as a nuclear dump site for the West. This story is also part of the ongoing disinformation campaign against Petro Poroshenko. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine responded as follows to this disinformation circulating in the Russian media: "The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine within the framework of its competence, reports about false distribution in the Russian media of information on import of radioactive waste of the American production to the territory of Ukraine and their burial in the Sumy region." "Please note that, in accordance with the requirements of Article 53 of the Law of Ukraine" on the Use of Nuclear Energy and Radiation Safety," transportation to the territory of Ukraine of radioactive waste from the territories of other states is prohibited, except for the resulting services that were provided to Ukraine by another state and which are subject to action a contract agreement between them on the return of such waste to Ukraine," added the Inspectorate.

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  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/06/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish, Castilian, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Nuclear issues, US presence in Europe, Conspiracy theory, Petro Poroshenko
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

This is a Kremlin narrative claiming that Ukraine, the United States and the European Union are provoking Russia. According to the bill on the US military budget for 2020, the US government really intends to provide Ukraine with $250 million to improve the defence sector. However, this money will not go to the “war in Donbas”, but to the security and intelligence support areas. The main focus of the United States will be on strengthening Ukraine’s naval capabilities after Russia's aggressive actions in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. There is no talk of a "provocation ground" in the draft law. The United States insists that it is Ukraine and the countries of the Black Sea region that need to protect themselves from Russian attacks at sea.