The UN nuclear watchdog will this week carry out an “independent verification” of Russia’s allegations of the production of so-called dirty bombs at two sites in Ukraine, it said. know on Thursday.
Russia has accused Ukraine of preparing to use such a weapon against Moscow’s troops, but Kyiv suspects that Russia itself could use a dirty bomb in a “fake flag” attack, possibly to justify justifies Moscow’s use of conventional nuclear weapons. set foot in eastern and southern Ukraine.
“The IAEA inspectors will conduct independent verifications at these sites,” said Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
He said they will work “to detect any diversion of nuclear material under safety safeguards, any undeclared nuclear material production or processing at the two site and ensure that there is no undeclared nuclear material and activity”.
The agency said it inspected “one of the two sites a month ago and no undeclared nuclear material or activity has been found there.”
Dirty bombs are conventional bombs impregnated with radioactive, biological or chemical materials that are released in an explosion.
Earlier, on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the IAEA to inspect Ukraine’s nuclear sites “as quickly as possible”.
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