EUROPEAN PRAVDA – TUESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2022, 21:56
Ukraine is increasingly concerned that Russia is preparing to detonate a "dirty bomb" [a conventional explosive device laced with radioactive material] on Ukrainian territory, because of Moscow’s persistent claims that Ukraine is building such a weapon.
Source: CNN, citing Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in a briefing on 25 October
Quote from Kuleba: "What is even more concerning is the persistence with which Russian officials pursue this false story. This makes us worry that Russia might itself be preparing to commit a crime, which it tries to cover in advance by spreading this disinformation."
Details: Kuleba stressed that Ukraine has never had "a plan to develop any dirty bombs" and that any claims to the contrary are "a pure Russian lie".
"As President Zelensky said, even the dangerous Russian rhetoric on nuclear weapons and constant nuclear blackmail which we hear from Russia are unacceptable. They must be met with immediate and resolute actions," he added.
Russia’s claims that Ukraine is conspiring to use a "dirty bomb," a device that contains nuclear materials along with traditional explosives, have been dismissed by Kyiv and its Western allies.
The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has said it will send safeguard inspectors to visit two nuclear locations in Ukraine after receiving a request to do so from authorities in Kyiv.