Analysts say Moscow’s ‘dirty bomb’ claims just a diversion

SpaceWar.com reports: “Russia’s claim this week that Ukraine could use a so-called ‘dirty bomb’ on its own territory is seen by analysts as a new attempt to stoke fear of nuclear escalation among Kiev’s backers, if not a pure and simple distraction.

A ‘dirty bomb’ is a conventional bomb laced with radioactive, biological or chemical materials which get disseminated in an explosion.

The term is often used interchangeably with radiological dispersal device (RDD), a bomb where radioactive materials are used.

In a joint statement, the US, France and Britain — three of the other nuclear powers on the United Nations Security Council — said Sunday that Russia’s claims were ‘transparently false’.

They and Kyiv suspect that Russia might itself use a dirty bomb in a ‘false flag’ attack, possibly to justify use of conventional nuclear weapons by Moscow as it finds itself on the back foot in eastern and southern Ukraine…”

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