Saturday, February 24

IAEA finds no evidence of “undeclared nuclear activities” in Ukraine after Russian accusations

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported this Thursday that its inspectors have found no trace that an attempt has been made in Ukraine to make a “dirty” atomic bomb, after inspecting three specific places in the country.

“Our technical and scientific evaluation of the results we have so far did not show any signs of undeclared nuclear activities and materials in these three places,” the organization’s director general, Rafael Grossi, said in a statement.

Grossi recalled that in recent days, experts from the UN nuclear agency he heads have carried out, and completed, “verification activities on the ground in three places in Ukraine, at the request of the Government of this country.” “Ukraine’s written requests were made following accusations from the Russian Federation about activities in these three locations.” The places analyzed are the kyiv Nuclear Research Institute, the Mining and Processing Plant in Zhovti Kody and another plant in Dnipro

According to Grossi, the inspectors have been able to carry out “all the activities that the IAEA had planned to carry out and they had unlimited access to the places.”

“Based on the evaluation of the results available to date and on the information provided by Ukraine, the agency found no indication of undeclared nuclear activities and materials at the sites,” said the director general. Grossi added that later, and “as soon as possible”, the IAEA will report “on the results of the environmental sampling”.

“The IAEA has reviewed three Ukrainian facilities at the heart of Russian disinformation and found no evidence of any ‘dirty bombs.’ I thank Rafael Mariano Grossi for the excellent and prompt cooperation that has helped to counter Russia’s falsehoods,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. “Russia has confirmed its status as the world’s leading liar,” he added.