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IAEA: No traces of "dirty bomb" at Ukrainian nuclear facilities


Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not find any signs of activities that could be related to attempts of creating the “dirty bomb” in Ukraine.


Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in 2009.

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in 2009. Image credit: Ralf1969 via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Representatives of the IAEA checked three Ukrainian nuclear energy facilities. They confirmed the result of the official investigation which was conducted according to the request of the Ukrainian government.


“IAEA inspectors have completed in-field verification activities at three locations in Ukraine at the request of the Ukrainian government — found no indications of undeclared nuclear activities and materials,” wrote IAEA on its Twitter account.

IAEA also confirmed that they were provided completely free access to the zones of inspection. Experts were looking for any signs of undeclared nuclear activities or the presence of undeclared nuclear materials. They also took samples from the facilities and environment for detailed laboratory analysis.


“Our technical and scientific evaluation of the results we have so far did not show any sign of undeclared nuclear activities and materials at these three locations. Additionally, we will report on the results of the environmental sampling as soon as possible,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.

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