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Toxic shock: Russia drops rocket booster w/ carcinogenic fuel into sea south of Svalbard in ‘successful launch’


A suspicious person might say Russia’s figured out how to conduct airstrikes on its Arctic foes in a way that has the world’s official blessing.

A rocket that just happens to be a Cold-War-era ballistic missile repurposed for civilian use jettisoned boosters containing highly toxic fuel into waters near Svalbard, Greenland and Canada shorty after launch Saturday. But while news of the planned mission – with the debris supposedly only targeted for Canadian waters – sparked outrage among many, the drop was allowed because it was “announced upfront in accordance with international procedures.”