Russia’s possible use of “dirty bombs” on nuclear power plants a “shudder scenario”
Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear power company, made a frightening post on a social networking site on October 25.
[Russian military forces are carrying out unauthorized construction work on a spent nuclear fuel storage facility at the (southern Ukraine) Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. This is an act of terrorism aimed at radioactive materials. It is possible that the Russians are preparing to make the “dirty bomb” look like a Ukrainian staged attack.
A “dirty bomb” is a bomb or device that disperses radioactive material. It aims to disperse radioactive contaminants over a wide area by means different from nuclear detonation, thereby increasing the damage to hostile forces.
Russia’s claims are in direct conflict with Ukraine’s.” Putin said in an online meeting with intelligence officials from the former Soviet Union’s constituent states on October 26. ‘There is concern that Ukraine will use a “dirty bomb”. They are trying to use it in nuclear power plants and blame Russia for it.’
As proof, Russia posted an image of a round object with radiation symbols on a social networking site, which it said was a ‘dirty bomb’ made by Ukraine. But the Slovenian government soon responded. The Slovenian government, however, immediately responded, claiming that the image was taken by the country around 2010 and that it was ‘just a smoke detector’ and that the contents were ‘fake news.
The Terrifying Purpose of the Bomb Planted in the Dam
President Putin’s claim that the bomb was “staged by Ukraine” has been debunked. How is the Russian military planning to use the “dirty bomb”? Itsuro Nakamura, professor emeritus at Tsukuba University and an expert on Russian affairs, reveals the horrifying scenario.
There is information that they are planting bombs at the dam on the Dnieper River, which runs along the southern Cherson. They want to destroy the hydroelectric power plant and the embankment, flooding the entire Cherson region and delaying the invasion of the Ukrainian army. The residents of Herson, who claim to have actually ‘annexed’ the area, have been ordered to evacuate.
The blowing up of the dam has another terrifying aim. They want to stop the water supply to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, disable the cooling system, and spread radioactive materials from the six reactors. Zaporizhzhia is one of the largest nuclear power plants in Europe. The damage to humanity would be far greater than if they had radioactive material built into a bomb.”
President Putin also continues to suggest the use of nuclear weapons. U.S. President Joe Biden has been in tow, saying, “If we use them easily, Armageddon (the world’s final war) will be inevitable. There is a fear of catastrophic consequences. Professor Nakamura continued.
There is a possibility that President Putin will use nuclear weapons, but only as a last resort. If he does, it could lead to a world war, and the hurdles are quite high. His immediate goal is to blame Ukraine for the war. To reverse the situation, they have no choice but to resort to “dirty tricks,” such as using radioactive materials, but they want to make it look like Ukraine is responsible for the war.
Putin’s options are dwindling by the day as he finds himself in a tight spot.
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