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Russia, without evidence, says Ukraine making nuclear "dirty bomb"

World Mar 06, 2022 01:10AM ET
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© Reuters. Service members of the Ukrainian armed forces are seen atop of a tank at their positions outside the settlement of Makariv, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, near Zhytomyr, Ukraine March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

(Reuters) - Russian media cited an unnamed source on Sunday as saying that Ukraine was close to building a plutonium-based "dirty bomb" nuclear weapon, although the source cited no evidence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, with the aim to "demilitarise" and "denazify" its pro-Western neighbour and prevent Kyiv from joining NATO.

The West, dismissing that rationale as a pretext, has responded with harsh sanctions on Moscow and heavy military and other aid to Kyiv.

The TASS, RIA and Interfax news agencies quoted "a representative of a competent body" in Russia on Sunday as saying Ukraine was developing nuclear weapons at the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear power plant that was shut down in 2000.

Ukraine's government has said it had no plans to rejoin the nuclear club, having given up its nuclear arms in 1994 following the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Shortly before the invasion, Putin said in a grievance-filled speech that Ukraine was using Soviet know-how to create its own nuclear weapons, and that this was tantamount to preparation for an attack on Russia.

He cited no evidence for his claim.

Russia, without evidence, says Ukraine making nuclear "dirty bomb"
 

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Bonney Lake
Bonney Lake Mar 06, 2022 9:15PM ET
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hypocrites, like the "mass destruction weapons" right Bush?
za ar
za ar Mar 06, 2022 7:09AM ET
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China Sponsored Invasion working in the background.
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Mar 06, 2022 7:05AM ET
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When your world is turning to ****** i might do the same.
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Mar 06, 2022 5:47AM ET
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Well if the ware, Russia proves once again why one would want to. And just for my understanding. Are the almost 6000 nukes the Russians have the clean ones?
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Mar 06, 2022 5:47AM ET
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And to this logic, Iran will be next for Russia to attack?
Tyler Hixon
Tyler Hixon Mar 06, 2022 4:46AM ET
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True or not, this is addressed through the International Community....NOT through a sudden invasion.
Gus McCrae
Gus McCrae Mar 06, 2022 3:49AM ET
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MSM used to use "without evidence" often with Trump and then it turn out he was right. maybe here Russia is right. smells of MSM at its worst again
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Mar 06, 2022 3:49AM ET
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Russia spam
Frederico Oliveira
Frederico Oliveira Mar 06, 2022 3:37AM ET
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if you post this garbage then take the time posting the unverified fsb letter admitting they would do exactly this...
TJ Theodore
TJ Theodore Mar 06, 2022 1:32AM ET
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No one believes this. Not even the person who made it up.
 
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