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Russia claims Ukraine has resumed work on creating "dirty bomb"

Monday, 19 June 2023, 16:01
Russia claims Ukraine has resumed work on creating dirty bomb
Sergey Naryshkin during the meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation on 21 February 2022. Screenshot: Komersant

Sergey Naryshkin, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia, has said that Ukraine may have resumed its work on creating what Russia claims to be a "dirty bomb".

Source: TASS, citing Sergey Naryshkin

Details: Naryshkin claimed that Russian Foreign Intelligence has "obtained information which indicates that Kyiv may have resumed working on the creation of a dirty nuclear bomb". He also alleged that the Ukrainian government wants to send a batch of irradiated fuel from the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant for reprocessing.


The Russian Foreign Intelligence Director called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Union to "pay attention to Kyiv’s actions".


  • In a telephone conversation in October last year, Sergey Shoigu, Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, told his French counterpart Sébastien Lecornu that Ukraine was allegedly preparing provocations involving a "dirty bomb".
  • Russian media reported that the Ukrainian government was "preparing to conduct a false-flag operation on the territory of [Ukraine] involving a ‘dirty bomb’, or a low-yield nuclear warhead", allegedly in order to then blame Russia for using weapons of mass destruction and thus turn the world against Moscow.
  • Russian propagandists even claimed that "under the guidance of its Western handlers, Kyiv has already started to implement this plan in practice".
  • In telephone conversations with their Western counterparts, Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, have continued to spread false claims about Ukraine’s alleged preparations to conduct "provocations".

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