Here is Sputnik sharing the Russian point of view: https://sputniknews.com/20221024/ukrainian-dirty-bomb-threat-is-real-up-to-west-whether-they-want-to-believe-it-or-not-kremlin-1102574978.html
Ukrainian ‘Dirty Bomb’ Threat is Real, Up to West Whether They Want to Believe It or Not: Kremlin
On Sunday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned his French, British, American and Turkish counterparts that Kiev may be preparing a false flag dirty bomb attack on its own territory to blame Moscow for using weapons of mass destruction. Western officials and officials in Kiev have dismissed the warning.
The threat of Ukraine using a ‘dirty bomb’ is real, and it’s up to Western countries whether they want to believe in the danger or not, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
“The fact that they do not trust the information which was provided by the Russian side does not mean that the threat of the use of such a dirty bomb ceases to exist. The threat is present. This information was brought to the attention of the [Russian] defense minister’s interlocutors. It’s up to them whether they want to believe it or not,” Peskov told journalists in a briefing Monday.
Separately on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that Moscow was preparing to raise the issue of Kiev’s possible preparations to use a dirty bomb at the United Nations. The Russian top diplomat emphasized that Moscow’s information on this matter was not an empty claim, and that the foreign ministry has information on the Ukraine-based institutes capable of creating such arms.
“We have specific information about the scientific institutions in Ukraine which have the technology to build a dirty bomb. We have information which we’ve double-checked using the appropriate channels confirming that this is not an empty suspicion, and that there is good reason to believe that such [provocations] can be planned,” Lavrov said.
Russia’s defense ministry reported Sunday that Shoigu had conveyed concerns about Kiev’s potential use of a radioactive dirty bomb in phone calls with his French, British, American and Turkish counterparts. According to Russian military intelligence, the bomb’s development has reached its final stage.
US, European and Ukrainian officials have dismissed Moscow’s concerns, with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeting Sunday that his country was a committed party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and “neither ha[s] any ‘dirty bombs’, nor plan[s] to acquire any.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky similarly denied the allegations, alleging that “if Russia calls and says that Ukraine is allegedly preparing something, it means one thing: Russia has already prepared all this.”
Moscow’s concerns of Kiev’s possible use of a dirty bomb come amid growing fears a nuclear escalation in Ukraine among Western officials and media, many of them apparently misinformed on (or deliberately fibbing) about Russia’s nuclear doctrine, which prohibits the use of nuclear weapons of any kind in the absence of an existential threat to the nation, or the use of WMDs against Russia.
Russian officials have repeatedly expressed concerns over Ukraine’s potential nuclear ambitions, pointing out that the country has retained nuclear weapons know how since Soviet days, and that Kiev has repeatedly threatened to build such weapons in recent years. On February 19, just days before Russia kicked off its military operation in Ukraine, President Zelensky threatened to revive Kiev’s non-nuclear status. Last year, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany warned that Ukraine could become a nuclear-armed state again if it wasn’t accepted into NATO. In March, Russian Foreign Intelligence said its information confirmed that Kiev has an active nuclear weapons program.
Ukraine inherited about one third of the USSR’s massive strategic nuclear arsenal after the country’s collapse in 1991, including some 1,700 warheads, but the launch codes remained in Russia’s hands. Ukraine gave up these nukes after signing the 1994 Budapest Memorandum – an agreement which guaranteed Kiev’s security in exchange for its renunciation of nuclear weapons. The agreement was undermined by the February 2014 US-sponsored coup in Kiev in which the country’s democratically-elected government overthrown, sparking a security crisis in eastern Ukraine which ultimately culminated in today’s conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Russian MoD Has Info on Contacts Between Ukraine, UK on Nuke Tech
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Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced plans to bring up Ukraine’s alleged efforts to stage a dirty bomb provocation up at the United Nations. On Sunday, Russia’s defense minister informed his NATO counterparts on the threat of a Ukrainian dirty bomb false flag attack. Kiev and its sponsors have dismissed the allegations.
The Russian military has information on contacts between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office and British representatives on the matter of nuclear weapons technology, Igor Kirillov, the head of Russia’s Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops, has revealed.
“We have information on contacts between the Ukrainian president’s office and representatives of Britain on the possible acquisition of nuclear weapon technology,” Kirillov said in a briefing Monday.
The senior officer echoed concerns outlined by Defense Minister Shoigu on Sunday – namely that Kiev was “planning a provocation involving the detonation of a so-called ‘dirty bomb’, or a low-yield nuclear weapon,” and then claiming that the explosion was caused by a Russian tactical nuclear weapon.
“The purpose of such a provocation is to accuse Russia of using weapons of mass destruction in the Ukrainian theater of operations and thereby launch a powerful anti-Russian campaign throughout the world aimed at undermining global confidence in Moscow,” Kirillov said.
“As a result of such a dirty bomb provocation, Kiev expects to intimidate the local population, increase the flow of refugees across Europe, and ‘expose’ the Russian Federation as a nuclear terrorist,” Kirillov said.
According to the officer, Kiev has the technological potential and industrial base necessary to create a dirty bomb, including three operating nuclear power plants and over 1,500 tons-worth of spent nuclear fuel, plus 22,000 spent fuel assemblies from the defunct Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant containing Uranium-238, as well as other nuclear materials containing Uranium-235 and Plutonium-239. Radioactive agents from the South Ukrainian, Khmelnitsky and Rivne nuclear plants contain uranium oxide enriched to 1.5 percent, according to the Russian military’s information.
“According to the information we have, two Ukrainian organizations have specific instructions to create a so-called dirty bomb. Work on this project is at the final stage,” Kirillov said.
Addition infrastructure which could aid in the production of a dirty bomb includes the newly built Vector radioactive waste processing plant at the Prydneprovsky Chemical Plant in Kamenskoe, central Ukraine has the capacity to accommodate over 50,000 cubic meters of radioactive materials. Furthermore, the Vostochny Mining and Processing Plant is capable of extracting up to 1,000 tons of uranium ore annually.
On top of that, Ukraine has the necessary scientific base to build a dirty bomb – including the legendary Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, whose scientists took part in the Soviet nuclear power program, plus the Uragan experimental nuclear facility, and the Institute for Nuclear Research at the National Academy of Sciences in Kiev, where research involving highly radioactive materials is being carried out using the WWR-M reactor.
The officer warned that the explosion of such a dirty bomb on Ukrainian territory would spread radioactive isotopes into the atmosphere a distance of up to 1,500 km, spreading into neighboring countries, including Poland.
Syria False Flag
Kirillov recalled that Kiev’s suspected preparations to use a dirty bomb are nothing new, and that “similar information warfare technologies have already been used by the West in Syria, where the White Helmets filmed propaganda videos about the use of chemical weapons by government forces,” culminating in US air and cruise missile strikes. The officer warned that a “similar scenario” may be employed in the event of a false flag attack involving the destruction of a radioactive dirty bomb.
He also recalled President Zelensky’s comments at the Munich Security Conference in February, just days before Russia kicked off its military operation in Ukraine, in which he hinted at Kiev’s plans to restore the country’s status as a nuclear weapons state.
Kirillov’s comments on the danger of a Ukrainian dirty bomb false flag were echoed by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier in the day. Peskov told reporters that Russia has presented its findings, and that it was up to Western leaders to chose whether they wanted to believe Moscow or not. Lavrov said the foreign ministry has “specific information” on the Ukrainian scientific institutions that could be used to build a dirty bomb, and vowed to draw attention to the matter at the United Nations.
US and European officials issued a joint statement dismissing Moscow’s concerns on Monday, saying they have “made clear that we all reject Russia’s transparently false allegations that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its own territory.” Ukrainian officials similarly dismissed the Russian dirty bomb allegations, with President Zelensky alleging that “if Russia calls and says that Ukraine is allegedly preparing something, it means one thing: Russia has already prepared all this.” Zelensky called on “the world” to “preemptively” step up pressure on Moscow.