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IAEA inspects Ukraine for evidence of alleged ‘dirty bomb’

The nuclear body UN announced on Monday that it had started inspections in Ukraine as part of “independent verifications” of Russian allegations that kyiv is manufacturing an alleged “dirty bomb”.

Inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), they have “started – and will soon conclude – verification of activities in two locations in Ukraine”the agency said in a statement.

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The director of the IAEA, Raphael Grossiwill communicate later this week its “initial conclusions on the latest verification activities at the two sites”according to the statement.

These inspections take place at the request of the Ukrainian government, which requested in a written request that the nuclear agency send work teams to the area.

Moscow has accused Kyiv of wanting to use a weapon with a radioactive or biological charge “to be able to say later that it was Russia that carried out a nuclear attack”.

According to Ukraine and other actors, Moscow would be using that accusation to be able to justify the use of conventional nuclear weapons in Ukraine later, in a context of military setbacks suffered by Moscow in the Ukrainian south and east.

The agency said last week that it had already inspected one of the two sites in Ukraine and that it found no evidence of undeclared nuclear material or activity.

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A “dirty bomb” it is a conventional bomb to which radioactive, biological or chemical material has been added so that it spreads with the explosion.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the IAEA to inspect Ukrainian nuclear sites “as soon as possible.”

Source: Elcomercio

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