The nuclear watchdog of the UN announced that it had started inspections in Ukraine as part of “independent verification” of Russian claims that Kiev is making ‘dirty bombs.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claimed in a statement that its inspectors have “begun and would soon finish verification work at two locations in Ukraine.”
Ukraine has been charged with planning to use dirty bombs against Russian forces. The notion that Moscow plans to detonate a dirty bomb in order to justify its own escalation of hostilities has been categorically refuted by Ukrainian officials.
The organisation claimed that it had examined “one of the two locations a month ago and no undeclared nuclear operations or materials were located there.”
A conventional bomb that has been loaded with radioactive, biological, or chemical ingredients and disseminated during an explosion is referred to as a dirty bomb.
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, urged the IAEA to visit Ukraine’s nuclear sites “as soon as possible.” According to Putin, who also claimed to be aware of the general location of the building, the Kyiv government intended to “hide the traces of the installation of a “dirty bomb,” he claimed.
In a statement released on Monday, the IAEA also called for the release of a worker at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station who had been imprisoned for about two weeks.
The plant, which is the largest atomic power station in Europe, was taken by Russian forces in March during the initial stages of the invasion.
Fears of a nuclear accident have been raised after accusations from Russia and Ukraine that the other had shelled the plant.
For the purpose of creating a security perimeter around the plant, the IAEA has been in touch with Moscow and Kyiv.