IAEA finds no evidence to support Russia’s “dirty bomb” claims

3 November 2022, 08:00 PM
Raphael Grossi, IAEA Director General (Photo:Anna Voitenko / Reuters)

Raphael Grossi, IAEA Director General (Photo:Anna Voitenko / Reuters)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts have completed inspections of three Ukrainian nuclear facilities, finding no evidence of “undeclared nuclear activities or materials,” IAEA said in a message on its website on Nov. 3.

The agency said its team had unfettered access to conduct in-filed inspections of the facilities, Russia claims were being used by Ukraine to develop a “dirty bomb” nuclear device.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba thanked IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi for the agency’s cooperation in quickly and transparently disproving Russian allegations.

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“Russia has confirmed its status of the world’s top liar,” said Kuleba.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu contacted his French, UK, and Turkish counterparts on Oct. 23, “alerting” them to Ukraine’s plans to allegedly stage false flag operations involving a “dirty bomb” device.

Western leaders and NATO officials have subsequently dismissed the claims as “absurd.”

Ukraine invited the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to send inspectors to examine all Ukrainian nuclear facilities – including the ones where Russia claims the “dirty bomb” is being developed.

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