The Russian government was just caught red-handed fabricating evidence that Ukraine was preparing a dirty bomb!
Take a look at their claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Russian Gov : Ukraine Is Creating A Dirty Bomb!
The Russian government has recently been promoting the claim that Ukraine is creating a dirty bomb.
On Sunday, October 23, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told his counterparts in the US, Britain, France and Turkey that Ukraine was preparing to use a dirty bomb.
He then repeated his claim in a phone call with the Indian defence minister on Wednesday, October 26.
To convince the world of that dastardly plot, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA Russia) shared “evidence” on October 24 that Ukraine has “directly ordered” two organisations to create a dirty bomb!
💬 Russian Defence Ministry: According to the information at hand, two organisations of Ukraine have been ❗ directly ordered to create the so-called #dirtybomb.
☢️ The works are at their concluding stage.
Note : We added a Misleading overlay to avoid these photos from being further misused.
Russian Gov Caught Fabricating Dirty Bomb Evidence!
The Russian government has done nothing but lie and lie, from before it invaded Ukraine until today, and this is no different.
Here are the reasons why this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by the Russian government.
Fact #1 : Radioactive Waste Photo Was From Slovenia In 2010
The Slovenian government came out to publicly call out the Russian government in fabricating their evidence of a Ukrainian dirty bomb.
It identified this photo as a Slovenian Radioactive Waste Management Agency (ARAO) photo from 2010, that had been “misused and used without the knowledge of ARAO”.
The objects are simply smoke detectors placed inside plastic bags labelled Radioaktivno, which is radioactive in Slovenian. For context, radioactive in Ukrainian is Радіоактивний (Radioaktyvnyy).
The photo was created by ARAO and used as a “stock image” for their presentations and does not actually contain any radioactive materials.
Since its 2010 release, this ARAO stock image has been used in a 2014 presentation by the Center for Eco-Toxicological Research in Montenegro, and a 2016 story about Mexican authorities finding a stolen truck with radioactive materials.
Fact #2 : Dirty Bomb Design Was From 2016
The schematic of what Russian military intelligence claimed was a Ukrainian dirty bomb was actually expropriated from a Radiology Key article that posted it on 1 June 2016.
This is simply a stock diagram to explain how a dirty bomb – also known as a radioactive dispersal device (RDD), works.
It also skews more towards the terrorism aspect, hence the use of fertiliser, a metal drum and a time fuse. Military forces would not resort to such ad hoc designs.
Honestly, it looks less like actual “military intelligence” and more like whoever came up with this just did an image search for “radioactive dispersal device” and voila!
Fact #3 : Scientific Research Reactors Are In Russia
The scientific research reactors that the Russian government identified as sources for the Ukrainian dirty bomb are both located in Russia.
As Benjamin Strick, Director of Investigations for the Centre for Information Resilience pointed out:
- the photo on the left is from the Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Station in the Sverdlovsk Oblast in Russia
- the photo on the right is a flipped screenshot of the Novosibirsk Scientific and Industrial Complex, also in Russia.
If Russia wants to create a dirty bomb, it would possibly need help from both facilities, but certainly not the Ukrainians.
Fact #4 : Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Is Under Russian Control
The top left photo shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, which was captured by Russia on 4 March 2022.
On 12 March 2022, it was placed under control of the Russian state nuclear power company, Rosatom. While the Zaporizhzhia NPP continues to be operated by Ukrainian staff, it has been under Russian control since March 2022.
Therefore, it would be absurd to claim that the Ukrainians would use nuclear material from this power plant to create a dirty bomb.
Fact #5 : Detonating A Dirty Bomb Would Contaminate Ukraine For Years
Russian claims that the Ukrainians would detonate a dirty bomb on their own land are ludicrous, because:
a) The Ukrainians are winning
Ukrainian counteroffensives in the south and east are working – they are winning back land previously occupied by Russian forces.
It would not make sense to detonate a dirty bomb, which would contaminate the land and stymie their counteroffensives.
b) The lands would be contaminated for years, if not longer
Dirty bombs are nothing more than conventional bombs paired with radioactive materials. When they explode, they disperse and contaminate the surrounding area with the radioactive material.
Detonating one in Ukraine would contaminate their own lands for many years, even decades. Why on Earth would they do that?
Ukraine is keenly aware of the dangers of radioactivity, having bore the brunt of Soviet incompetence during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident that resulted in 2,600 km2 of Ukrainian land uninhabitable for the next 300 years or more.
Fact #6 : This Is Just Russian Propaganda
This is just another example of Russian propaganda, which is shoddy as usual.
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- Did Russia Capture NATO Officers After Fall Of Azovstal?!
- Did Russia Capture US Admiral Eric Olson In Azovstal?!
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- Did Putin Force EU Countries To Pay For Gas In Rubles?!
- Was Azov Battalion Caught Executing Civilians In Viral Video?!
- Is Hunter Biden Trapped In Azovstal With NATO Generals?!
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