Russian propaganda uses old photos to smear Ukraine

26 October 2022, 10:00 PM
The Government of Slovenia exposed the Russian fake about the

The Government of Slovenia exposed the Russian fake about the "dirty bomb" allegedly being created in Ukraine (Photo:Slovenian Government / Twitter)

When manufacturing claims of Ukraine preparing to detonate a “dirty bomb” in its own territory, Russian propaganda machine used decades-old photos from Slovenia, Slovenian government said in a Twitter post on Oct. 25.

The message came in response to Russian Foreign Ministry making apparently baseless claims that Kyiv is “in final stages” of deploying a “dirty bomb” – an explosive charge that scatters radioactive material in a conventional explosion.

Slovenia pointed out that one of the photos Russia used as “evidence” was made by Slovenian Radioactive Waste Agency in 2010. The image depicts smoke detectors with “radioaktivno” (Slovenian for “radioactive”) written on them, as the devices contain a small amount of radioactive material, by design.

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OSINT (open-source intelligence) enthusiasts previously pointed out that other photos in Moscow’s accusatory message depict Russian nuclear facilities.

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.”

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