Russian representatives told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that Ukraine intended to use a “dirty bomb” in the conflict area, but Western diplomats said Moscow offered no proof for the assertion.
The Security Council convened in secret to consider Moscow’s assertion, which was made public for the first time on Sunday, that it anticipated Ukraine would detonate a rudimentary nuclear device in the conflict zone and attribute it to Russian forces.
After the discussion, Dimitry Polyanskiy, deputy Russian ambassador to the UN, said, “We think it’s a very severe danger.”
He stated, referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, “Ukraine has all the grounds to do so because we know that Zelensky government wants to avoid first of all loss, and secondly wants to bring NATO in a direct conflict with Russia.”
Such a scheme is “very dangerous but will be profitable for the Zelensky regime to remain in power,” Polyanskiy said.
“A dirty bomb is not a sophisticated device to be created. Actually, it is a shell with some radioactive waste. And it is very difficult to detect the activities to create these dirty bombs,” he added.
James Kariuki, the British ambassador to the United Nations, rejected Russia’s claim.
“We have seen and heard no new evidence during this private meeting,” he said, calling the Russian claim “transparently false.”
“Ukraine has been clear, it’s got nothing to hide,” Kariuki said.
He claimed that IAEA inspectors had accepted an invitation from Kiev to examine Ukraine’s nuclear plants and were currently en route there.
He declared, “We should be clear that this is pure Russian propaganda.
On Sunday, during phone discussions with NATO allies, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the original “dirty bomb” assertion.
The explosives known as “dirty bombs” have the potential to release harmful nuclear, chemical, or biological contaminants.
In an united statement, the US, UK, and France dismissed Shoigu’s assertion and suggested Moscow was attempting to escalate the conflict.
“The world would see through any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation,” they said.