The UN nuclear watchdog will conduct an “independent verification” this week of Russian allegations related to the production of so-called dirty bombs at two sites in Ukraine, it said Thursday.
Russia has accused Ukraine of preparing to use such a weapon against Moscow’s troops, but Kiev suspects Russia itself could use a dirty bomb in a “false flag” attack, possibly to prevent Moscow’s use of conventional nuclear weapons. justifiable, as it is located at the back. foot in eastern and southern Ukraine.
Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said: “IAEA inspectors will conduct independent verifications at these sites”.
He said they would work “to detect any diversion of nuclear material under safeguards, any undeclared nuclear material production or processing at the two sites and to ensure there is no undeclared nuclear material and activities”.
The agency said it “inspected one of the two sites a month ago and found no undeclared nuclear activities or materials.”
A dirty bomb is a conventional bomb laced with radioactive, biological or chemical substances that are dispersed in an explosion.
Earlier on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the IAEA to inspect Ukraine’s nuclear sites “as soon as possible”.
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