UN nuclear agency to investigate Russia’s ‘dirty bomb’ claims on Ukraine
UN to send inspectors to two locations in war-torn Ukraine
Russia has accused Ukraine of possible production of “dirty bombs”.
United Nations. The UN nuclear agency has opened an investigation into Russia’s “dirty bomb” claims on Ukraine. The UN nuclear chief said he was sending inspectors to two sites in war-torn Ukraine, where Russia alleged activities related to the possible production of “dirty bombs” were taking place. According to Russia, these ‘dirty bombs’ are going to reach any conclusion very fast in a few days. According to the AP, the head of the UN’s nuclear agency, Rafael Grossi, said inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would this week visit two sites that are under IAEA safeguards following a written request from the Ukrainian government.
In a letter to members of the Security Council this week, Russia’s ambassador alleged that the Nuclear Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine’s Kyiv and Vostochny Mining and Processing Plant had been charged with the development of “dirty bombs” by President Zelensky. Orders received directly. Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia said that Russia’s Defense Ministry is aware of this. He said that the development of ‘Dirty Bomb’ is in its final stages.
Rafael Grossi said inspectors’ visits to Ukraine this week are aimed at finding any possible undeclared nuclear activity and material related to the development of “dirty bombs”. He said the IAEA also inspected the Nuclear Research Institute in Kyiv a month ago and found no undeclared nuclear activity or material there. However, Grossi said the inspectors are going to visit again with a different purpose.
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Russia told Grossi that “he should be on alert” because the two sites are not the only places where dirty bombs can be made. Grossi replied that he was deeply concerned about the possibility of a nuclear accident. He also said that in the coming weeks the IAEA is going to deploy more specialists to other nuclear power plants in Ukraine – Rivny, Khmelnitsky, southern Ukraine, Chernobyl.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 28, 2022, 08:14 IST