Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that a “radioactive cloud” was heading towards Western Europe due to the destruction of depleted uranium ammunition supplied by the West to Ukraine. He is quoted by RIA Novosti. Olga Kosharna, a member of the Board of the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine, told The Insider that, in fact, Ukraine has a normal radiation background. This is evidenced by the map data of the Ukrainian chat bot SaveEcoBot, which monitors information about pollution in real time.
“Depleted uranium shells are not radioactive. Speculation on the word "uranium" and lies, as always. Our city of Kropyvnytsky is located above the deposits of uranium ore, and nothing, ”Kosharna said.
She also recalled that Britain earlier in the morning imposed sanctions against nine Rosatom enterprises and persons working there, as well as against Oleg Romanenko, the Russian-appointed occupying head of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, who regularly speculates on the topic of security at the ZNPP.
Patrushev, on the other hand, claims that in Poland "an increase in radiation has already been recorded." In addition, according to him, the United States is developing and already using chemical and biological weapons, including on the territory of Ukraine.
The State Atomic Agency of Poland on Wednesday, May 17, denied reports of an increase in radiation levels in the Lublin Voivodeship. The agency also called the information that appeared about “increased radioactivity” in Khmelnytsky in Ukraine false, noting that there was no radiation danger. If you look at the gamma data of this radioactivity monitoring sensor in Lublin, it becomes clear that these are just regular fluctuations and bursts. They were there in March and April.
The Ukrainian authorities also refuted the information about the destruction of ammunition with depleted uranium and about the increased level of radiation in Ternopil and Khmelnytsky. According to the head of the Ternopil OVA Volodymyr Trush, the messages are fake. The Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security stated that the level of radiation does not exceed the norm, the Khmelnytsky City Council urged "not to respond to provocations."