VIENNA: The United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Thursday that its inspectors found no signs of “undeclared nuclear activities” at three sites in Ukraine during a visit requested by Kyiv to address allegations of a “dirty bomb” planted by Russia. have not found
“The technical and scientific evaluation of our results showed no sign of undeclared nuclear activities and material at these three sites,” said Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“We will report on the results of the environmental samples as soon as possible,” Grossi said, referring to the samples collected by IAEA inspectors.
Inspections of the Institute of Nuclear Research in Kyiv, the Eastern Mining and Processing Plant in Zovati Kodi and the Production Association Pivdeni Machine-Building Plant in Dnipro followed a written request from Ukraine.
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“Over the past few days, the observers were able to carry out all the activities that the IAEA had planned to do and were given unfettered access to the sites,” the UN agency said in a statement.
Russia has accused Ukraine of preparing to use dirty bombs against Russian troops while Kyiv suspects that Moscow itself could use a dirty bomb, possibly a conventional nuclear one, in a “false flag” attack. To justify the use of weapons because the ground forces suffer setbacks.
A dirty bomb is a conventional bomb that contains radioactive, biological or chemical material that is dispersed in an explosion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin previously asked the IAEA to inspect Ukraine’s nuclear sites “as soon as possible”.