IAEA inspectors to examine two nuclear facilities in Ukraine
The Government of Ukraine sent a request to the IAEA after Russia accused Kyiv of allegedly preparing "dirty bombs" (Photo:REUTERS/Vladyslav Musiienko)
In response to Russia’s allegations of Kyiv working to construct a “dirty bomb,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors will examine two Ukrainian nuclear facilities in the coming days, IAEA said in a message on its website on Oct. 27, quoting its Director General, Raphael Grossi.
The government of Ukraine sent a request to the IAEA to conduct checks, after Russia accused Kyiv of allegedly preparing “dirty bombs”. The inspections aim to detect any possible undeclared nuclear activities and materials related to the development of “dirty bombs.”
The IAEA added that one of the two sites was inspected a month ago and no undeclared nuclear activity or materials were found there.
“The IAEA inspectors will conduct independent verification at these locations – in accordance with Ukraine’s procedures – to detect any diversion of nuclear material, any undeclared production or processing of nuclear material, and determine that there are no undeclared nuclear material and activities,” Grossi said.
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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