Disinfo: Ukraine, led by the West, prepares a dirty bomb attack

Summary

According to reliable sources in various countries, including Ukraine, the Kyiv regime is preparing a "dirty bomb" provocation or low-yield nuclear weapon on the territory of its country. The purpose of this provocation is to accuse Russia of using weapons of mass destruction, and to incite international public opinion against it.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about false flag operations and chemical weapons attacks. Such claims are a part of a broader pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign accompanying the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, trying to place the blame for the war's atrocities on Ukraine.

Moscow has a history of falsely accusing its opponents of staging "provocations" which either never happened at all or were subsequently carried out by themselves or their allies. In the weeks leading up to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, Moscow repeatedly falsely claimed that Ukraine, assisted by US or Western forces, prepared a chemical attack or attacks on industry sites storing chemical agents.

Ukraine asked the IAEA to "immediately send experts to peaceful facilities in Ukraine, which the Russian Federation falsely describes as sites for the development of a 'dirty bomb'." IAEA inspectors found nothing suspicious in the Ukrainian facilities.

There is no evidence to back the claim that Ukraine is preparing a dirty bomb. Оn the contrary, diplomats from France, Britain and the United States called Russia’s allegation a pretext that Moscow has concocted for escalating the war.

In the statement, the governments of France, the UK and the US confirmed that their Defence Ministers had each spoken with the Russian Defence Minister, Sergei K. Shoigu, and rejected “Russia’s transparently false allegations” about a dirty bomb.

“The world would see through any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation,” the statement said.

A dirty bomb uses traditional explosives to spray radioactive material. Russia has not publicly offered evidence to back up the accusations and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has called the statements “lies.”

NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has warned Russia over its "false" claim that Kyiv might use a "dirty bomb" - conventional explosives laced with radioactive material.

Read similar recent claims that Ukrainian terrorists almost finished a dirty bomb; UK is actively supporting Ukraine’s "dirty bomb" plan; Ukraine's “dirty bomb” provocation will take place in November; Ukraine has a thermonuclear 'dirty' bomb in Mykolaiv which it will detonate and blame Russia; Ukraine is going to use a dirty bomb to accuse Russia of using tactical nuclear weapons.

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  • Reported in: Issue 315
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/10/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: false flag, Nuclear issues, War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine
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Disproof

Recurring disinformation about Western sanctions on Russia, connected with unproven speculation about a migration crisis.

The EU and other countries around the world adopted several sanction packages against Russia due to its illegal aggression and occupation of Ukrainian territories. Not all trade restrictions are yet enforced as the energy sector needs longer transition periods, so it is too early to assess the full effect of the sanctions. However, it is incorrect to state that the Russian economy would be barely affected or would even benefit from the sanctions. Otherwise, the Russian leadership would not feel the need to constantly demand the sanctions be removed.

Disinfo: Western accusations that Iran is delivering drones to Russia are false

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Disproof

There is ample evidence of the use of Iranian drones by Russian forces in Ukraine, including images, wreckage, expert identification and the examination of at least one downed unmanned aerial vehicle in good condition.

On 18 October 2022 Reuters reported that, according to four Iranian officials, Tehran had recently agreed to supply more Iranian drones to Moscow along with missiles. The same day, Ukraine invited UN experts to examine debris from downed Iranian drones. Russia reacted by calling UN officials to “abstain from engaging in any illegitimate investigation” and threatening to “reassess [Russia’s] collaboration” with the United Nations. US intelligence also affirmed that Iranian trainers were in Crimea to help Russian forces to operate the Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles. On 20 October 2022, Russian military expert Ruslan Pukhov inadvertently admitted on camera on RBC TV that Russia is using Iranian suicide drones.

Disinfo: Work on the creation of a "dirty bomb" is coming to an end in Ukraine

Work on the creation of Ukraine's "dirty bomb" is coming to an end.

Two organisations in Ukraine have specific instructions to create a so-called dirty bomb. The works are at the final stage. Moscow is aware of contacts between the office of the President of Ukraine and representatives of the UK on the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons technology. There are enterprises in Ukraine that can provide the resources necessary for a low-yield nuclear weapon: three operating nuclear power plants (South-Ukrainian, Khmelnitsky and Rivne) and the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, accusing Ukraine of creating a dirty bomb and posing a nuclear threat to Russia.

There is no evidence that Ukraine is attempting to use nuclear materials in a war against Russia.