Ukraine war: "Dirty bomb": Russia apparently shows false evidence

With apparently false photos, the Russian Foreign Ministry has tried to give the impression that it has evidence that a "dirty" -- that is, nuclear-contaminated -- bomb was being built in Ukraine.

Ukraine war: "Dirty bomb": Russia apparently shows false evidence

With apparently false photos, the Russian Foreign Ministry has tried to give the impression that it has evidence that a "dirty" -- that is, nuclear-contaminated -- bomb was being built in Ukraine.

One of the pictures that appeared on the ministry's English-language Twitter account belongs to the Slovenian Agency for Radioactive Waste and dates from 2010, the online newspaper Ukrajinska Pravda reported. The Russian accusation that Kyiv is planning to use a radioactive bomb is interpreted in the West as a possible pretext for a further escalation of the war. Kyiv rejects the allegations.

"Development of the 'dirty bomb'" is the caption on the photo. It features items in plastic bags marked with the radioactivity warning symbol. Nuclear experts from the Slovenian government were the first to recognize the picture: smoke detectors can be seen in the photo, they said.

The Slovenian government announced on Twitter that it had been used for presentations. "Radioactive waste in Slovenia is kept safe and under surveillance. It will not be used to build 'dirty bombs'," the government quoted the head of the radioactive waste management authority, Sandi Viršek, as saying.

The Russian government has been warning of an alleged radioactive bomb in Kiev's hands since the beginning of the week. Their use on Ukrainian territory should therefore be intended to discredit Moscow. Western governments have dismissed the allegations as implausible.

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