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Russian General Implicates U.K. in Nuclear Bomb Provocation

Oct. 24, 2022 (EIRNS)—Lt. Gen. Igor Kirillov, the commander of Russia’s nuclear, biological and chemical protection troops, issued a statement this morning that, among other things, implicates the United Kingdom in the preparation of the dirty bomb provocation, that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu began warning of yesterday. “According to the available information, two organizations of Ukraine have been directly ordered to create the so-called ‘dirty bomb.’ The works are at their concluding stage,” Kirillov said. “Moreover, we have information about contacts between the Office of the President of Ukraine and representatives of the United Kingdom regarding the possible reception of technologies to create nuclear weapons. With this purpose, Ukraine has got relevant production and scientific capacities.”

Kirillov noted that enterprises of the nuclear industry in Ukraine possess spent nuclear fuel containing up to 1,500 tons of uranium enriched with 1.5% oxide, over 22,000 spent fuel rods at the Chernobyl nuclear plant “as well as products that suppose using uranium-235 and plutonium-239 that constitute the backbone of a nuclear charge,” and more than 50,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste at Ukrainian radioactive waste disposal sites. Ukraine also has a scientific base at the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology and the Institute for Nuclear Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine located in Kiev. “The Kiev regime plans to camouflage the explosion of this kind of ordnance under an extraordinary effect of Russian low-power nuclear warhead that contains highly enriched uranium in its charge,” Kirillov said. “The presence of radioactive isotopes in the air will be recorded by the sensors of the International Monitoring System installed in Europe with further accusation of the Russian Federation of using tactical nuclear weapons.”

Kirillov charged that the provocation will rely on the same methods employed in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria in April 2017. “Using this provocation as a pretext, the Americans launched the missile strike at Shayrat airbase without waiting for an investigation to begin and, all the more, a decision of the UN Security Council, grossly violating international law,” Kirillov said.

“To summarize, Ukraine has got a motive to use the ‘dirty bomb,’ as well as scientific, technical and production capacities to create it,” Kirillov said. “Ukraine expects ‘dirty-bomb’ provocation to intimidate the population, increase the flow of refugees, and accuse the Russian Federation of nuclear terrorism.”

Kirillov concluded: “The Ministry of Defense has arranged for countering possible provocations of Ukraine: the means and forces are alerted to operate amid radioactive contamination.”

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