Russia's claim that Ukraine could use a "dirty bomb" on its own territory, which Kyiv is fighting hard to free, is absurd. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with Politico.
“It is absurd to say that Ukraine will use a “dirty bomb” on its own territory, for the release of which Kyiv is fighting so hard. What worries us is that this is part of the Russian strategy that we have seen before in Syria, as well as at the beginning of the war and just before the start of the war in February.”
Stoltenberg noted that Russia blames others for what it intends to do itself. He added that Russia should not use these false accusations or claims as an excuse to further escalate the war in Ukraine.
Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told the heads of the defense departments of Great Britain, Turkey, France and the United States by phone that provocations from Ukraine with the use of a “dirty bomb” are possible. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba responded by saying that Ukraine is an adherent of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, does not have a "dirty bomb" and is not going to acquire one. The Ministry of Defense of the United States, Great Britain and France called the words of Shoigu a lie.
A "dirty bomb" or radiological dispersal device is an explosive device that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives. When the charge is detonated, the radioactive substance is sprayed by a shock wave over a large area. The first message about the "dirty bomb" appeared on the website of the RIA Novosti agency on the morning of October 23. It said, citing "trustworthy sources in different countries", that Kyiv was preparing a provocation on the territory of its country related to the detonation of a "dirty bomb", or a low-yield nuclear weapon could be detonated.