The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced that it is preparing to send inspectors in the coming days in two Ukrainian sites at the request of Kiev, in an apparent reaction to Russian allegations that Ukraine could detonate a so-called dirty bomb, which Ukraine denies.
One of them was inspected
“The IAEA is aware of the statements made on Sunday by the Russian Federation in about alleged activities in two nuclear sites in Ukraine, “said the UN agency in a note, adding that both sites were already undergoing inspections and one of them was inspected a month ago.
This comes after repeated denials from Western countries, but the Russian Defense Ministry announced in its daily briefing that Ukraine “has entered the final stage of manufacturing that bomb”, warning that if it was detonated, the radioactive materials they could cover Poland.
He also explained that if the “dirty bomb” explodes, the radioactive materials will spread into the atmosphere up to a radius of 1,500 km.
In turn, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that the Ukrainian threat on the “dirty bomb” is real.
He also felt that “it’s up to the West whether they want to believe it or not,” according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.
Western rejection of Russia’s accusations
On the other hand, the United States, Great Britain and France confirmed in a joint declaration their rejection of these accusations, warning Moscow not to use any pretext to aggravate the conflict.
Since the launch of the Russian military operation on Ukrainian territory on February 24, fears have increased that the conflict will expand and transform in dangerous turns, especially after Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted at the possibility of using the atomic bomb in a televised speech on September 21.
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