Ukraine’s military intelligence chief dismisses “dirty bomb” allegations

26 October 2022, 11:02 PM
Head of Ukrainian intelligence Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Head of Ukrainian intelligence Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Russian claims that Ukraine is preparing to detonate a “dirty bomb” is “some kind of a joke,” head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, said in a comment to CNN on Oct. 26.

“This issue has become something of a joke,” said Budanov.

“And my answer is straightforward – we’re not doing that. We aren’t working on a dirty bomb.”

He noted that Ukraine has invited International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to monitor facilities where Russia claims the device is being developed.

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“We absolutely support the visit of the IAEA mission and look forward to their arrival,” Budanov stated.

“We expect them to visit all (Ukrainian) 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.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba held talks with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, who agreed to send experts to Ukraine’s nuclear facilities, where – according to Russian propaganda – a “dirty bomb” is being developed.

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