IAEA finds no evidence of Ukraine building a ‘dirty bomb’

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported back about their inspections in Ukraine following Russian claims that Kyiv was planning a “provocation” involving a “dirty bomb”, the IAEA announced via its website.

The agency said that its experts inspected three Ukrainian facilities, the Institute for Nuclear Research in Kyiv, Eastern Mining and Processing Plant in Zhovti Kody, and Production Association Pivdennyi Machine-Building Plant in Dnipro, and did not find any evidence of undeclared nuclear activities.

According to the IAEA, the inspectors also gathered environmental samples “with ultrasensitive analytical techniques that can provide information about past and current activities related to the handling of nuclear materials.”

“We will report on the results of the environmental sampling as soon as possible,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said.

On 25 October, the IAEA said that its experts would inspect two nuclear facilities in Ukraine following Moscow’s accusations that Ukraine was building a “dirty bomb”. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba suggested that the IAEA should check the facilities. Previously, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu called his counterparts in four NATO countries and told each about Ukraine’s potential use of a “dirty bomb”.

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