Ukraine is working on the creation of the so called dirty bomb to arrange a provocation with its detonation on its territory and accuse our country of it, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.
According to informed sources, specialists of the Eastern Mining and Processing Combine in the city of Zheltiye Vody in the Dnipropetrovsk Region and the Institute for Nuclear Research, located in Kiev, are developing this weapon.
“Ukraine has the appropriate scientific base to create such a bomb,” said Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, Head of the Russian Armed Forces' radiation, chemical and biological protection (RCDP) troops. “This country has nuclear industry enterprises with stockpiles of radioactive substances used to create such weapons.”
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has already held talks with representatives of Great Britain, during which they talked about nuclear weapons. Furthermore, Zelensky asked London to transfer the relevant technologies for its creation, the Russian military said.
The Khmelnytsky, Rivne and South Ukrainian nuclear power plants are known to store up to 1,500 tons of spent nuclear fuel. In addition, radioactive substances from the storage of already spent nuclear fuel at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant could be used for the insane provocation. Ukraine used to create intercontinental ballistic missiles, but now this country is no longer capable of producing quality weapons. Nevertheless, Ukraine still has an opportunity to create something primitive, for instance, a dirty bomb, today.
“If the Kiev regime uses a dirty bomb, Russia will perceive it as an act of nuclear terrorism,” said Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia. “It is necessary to do everything possible to prevent this heinous crime. Russia has never intended to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine and does not intend to do it.”
Ukraine might arrange a provocation with a dirty bomb with the support of the collective West, said Nebenzia. According to him, detailed information about the dirty bomb had been received and double-checked by the Russian Defense Ministry.
It should be recalled that information about Kiev's plans to stage a provocation using a dirty bomb appeared in the morning of October 23. It was reported that Ukraine was going to strike its territory, but blame it on Russia.
The so called dirty bomb is a small container with radioactive isotopes and a corresponding explosive charge. Such a container is destroyed as soon as the charge is detonated. Accordingly, radioactive substances are dispersed by the shock wave, radioactive contamination is created over large areas, which is a tremendous prerequisite for the onset of radiation sickness in people caught in the area or living there.
In accordance with the intentions of the current Kiev regime, the detonation of such a munition could be represented as an abnormal actuation of a Russian low-yield nuclear charge using highly enriched uranium.
Forewarned is forearmed. Therefore, against the backdrop of an impending Ukrainian provocation, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that “special means and forces” have already been put on alert to help deal with the consequences of a possible catastrophe.
For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia intends to raise the issue at the United Nations. The UN Security Council is expected to consider this issue today at the request of Russia. Lavrov stressed that the information about the creation of “dirty weapons” has been repeatedly cross-checked, so our representatives will deal with it “with the expectation of an interested and professional discussion of the topics that we will touch upon.”
Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks with the heads of military departments of four countries: Turkey, the UK, France, and the US. Shoigu briefed his colleagues on the possible provocation and its consequences, and also pointed to the “uncontrolled escalation” of the situation in Ukraine. Apparently, somebody missed the point of his speech, and, for example, the British and U.S. military ministers called them “blatantly false.” By the way, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that Ukraine does not have any dirty bombs at its disposal and has no intention to create such kind of weapons, as it is committed to the obligations of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Commenting on the situation, Russian military expert Vladislav Shurygin expressed doubts about the success of such a provocation by Ukraine. “If they want to blame it on us, it will not be easy, because we have 'clean' bombs, and why we need 'dirty' bombs is absolutely unclear,” he said.
Konstantin Sivkov, deputy president of the Russian Academy of Rocket and Artillery Sciences, says that using such a bomb would lead to another catastrophe comparable to the accidents at Fukushima-1 or Chernobyl NPP. According to him, this is “very serious” radioactive contamination, which is “extremely difficult” to eliminate. It is even worse than a classical nuclear bomb, Sivkov said.
It is noteworthy that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) intends to send its experts to inspect two Ukrainian nuclear facilities in the coming days.