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A Ukrainian court sentenced eight members of a criminal group to up to eight and a half years in prison for trading in radioactive materials stolen from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the Kiev City Prosecutor’s Office said on Tuesday.

A Ukrainian court sentenced eight members of a criminal group to up to eight and a half years in prison for trading in radioactive materials stolen from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the Kiev City Prosecutor’s Office said on Tuesday.

The men sold depleted uranium items stolen from the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

The court found them guilty of “illegal handling of radioactive materials committed by an organized group.”

Depleted uranium is used in aircraft and rocket building, medical equipment and the transport and defense industry, in particular to manufacture armor sheets and armor piercing shells.

 

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