Russia reiterated its warnings that Kiev was preparing to use a “dirty bomb” in Ukraine and claimed it would take the issue, which the West and Ukraine reject as false, to the UN Security Council later on Tuesday.
Russia sent a message on the matter to the United Nations last night and diplomats said Moscow intends to raise the issue in the Security Council during a closed-door meeting today.
“We will consider the use of a dirty bomb by the Kiev regime to be an act of nuclear terrorism,” Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council in the letter. .
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the accusation was a sign that Moscow, which had threatened to use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine, was planning such an attack and was preparing to accuse Ukraine.
As Ukrainian forces advanced into the Russian-occupied Kherson region, senior Russian officials called their Western counterparts on Sunday and Monday to voice their doubts.
France, Britain and the United States have rejected the allegations, describing them as “plainly false”, and Washington warned Russia of the” dangerous repercussions “of any use of nuclear weapons, while saying there was so far no indication in this sense.
“There will be repercussions for Russia if it uses a dirty bomb or an atomic bomb,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. The White House indicated that there was no indication that Russia had decided to use a dirty bomb or any nuclear weapon.
The Russian defense ministry said Ukraine’s goal in launching a “dirty bomb” attack would be to blame Russia for the resulting radioactive contamination, for which Russia has begun to prepare.
The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency said it was preparing to send inspectors in two Ukrainian sites undeclared at the request of Kiev, apparently in response to Russia’s “dirty bomb” allegations. He added that both sites are already subject to inspections.
The Russian state news agency previously identified what they said were two sites involved in the operation: the Eastern Mineral Enrichment Plant in the Dnipropetrovsk region of central Ukraine and the Nuclear Research Institute in Kiev.
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