War between Russia and Ukraine: what is a “dirty bomb”?

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By accusing Ukraine of wanting to detonate a “dirty bomb” on its own territory to make it look like a Russian attack, Russia once again fleshes out the hypothesis of a nuclear escalationalthough some analysts do not rule out a simple distraction.

What is a dirty bomb?

The term “dirty bomb”, also known as a “radiological dispersal device”refers to a conventional bomb enveloped in radioactive materials intended to be spread as dust during the explosion.

  • The Russian Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, spoke with his counterparts from several NATO countries and expressed his concern about a possible use Ukraine of a “dirty bomb” on its own territory.

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Ukrainians and Westerners suspect that Russia may be preparing to detonate itself “dirty bomb” and accuse Ukraineto then justify a military escalation with a tactical nuclear weapon, in retaliation.

  • For the first time since mid-May, the chiefs of staff of the Russian and US armies, Valery Gerasimov and Mark Milley, spoke on the matter.

The objective of this type of pumps is contaminate a geographical area and the people who are thereboth with direct radiation and by ingestion or inhalation of radioactive materials.

“A dirty bomb is not a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ but a ‘weapon of mass disruption’ that primarily seeks to contaminate and scare,” summarizes the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC).

  • Meanwhile, after the accusations, the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, denied the accusations

“If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is supposedly preparing something, it means one thing: Russia has already prepared all this,” Zelensky said.

  • the war between Russia and Ukraine still going on, tensions rising over threat of nuclear attack

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