The U.S. says it will pay $1.5 billion to help Ukraine repair its nuclear reactors

Reuters Ukraine’s government said Monday that it will make a $1 billion payment to the U.N. Nuclear Agency for repairs of its nuclear plants in Chernobyl and Pripyat.

Ukraine’s government also agreed to provide technical support for the reactors’ upgrades and said it would pay about $1 trillion in debt for their repair.

The country was forced to abandon its reactors in May 1986 when its reactor-building program was terminated amid fears of radiation contamination.

Ukraine, a member of the European Union, has long accused Russia of stealing the technology for its reactors, but Moscow denies the charges.