The UN’s nuclear safety agency said on Thursday it had found no evidence that Ukraine was building a so-called “dirty bomb”.
Last month, Russia made unsubstantiated claims that Ukraine was building a bomb combining conventional explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive materials. Kyiv denied the allegations; Western countries and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg have warned that this is an attempt by Moscow to escalate the war.
“Our technical and scientific assessment of the results we have so far have shown no signs of undeclared nuclear activities and materials” at the sites where it has carried out inspections, the IAEA director general said. , Rafael Mariano Grossi, in a statement.
Following a written request from Kyiv, the International Atomic Energy Agency sent experts to three sites in Ukraine: the Kyiv Nuclear Research Institute, the East of Zhovti Kody and the Pivdennyi Machine-Building Plant of the Dnipro Production Association.
Grossi added that the UN agency is ready to “conduct further such verification activities in Ukraine to verify the absence of undeclared activities and materials and thereby deter any misuse of such materials.”
This article is part of POLITICO Pro
The one-stop solution for policy professionals fusing the depth of POLITICO journalism with the power of technology
Exclusive and never-before-seen scoops and ideas
Personalized Policy Intelligence Platform
A high-level public affairs network