Why Does Russia Want the World to Believe Ukraine Is Planning to Use A “Dirty Bomb”? – In a series of phone calls with NATO defense secretaries on Sunday, Russian Defense Secretary Sergey Shoigu claimed that Ukraine is planning to use a radioactive dirty bomb and then blame the attack on Moscow. It follows months of threats to deploy tactical nuclear weapons by Moscow in response to a perceived threat to Russia.
Shoigu claimed without evidence that Russia believes Ukraine plans to detonate a dirty bomb and point the finger at Russia, potentially triggering increased military aid for Ukraine.
The claims were echoed by Russian news agency RIA Novosti, which wrote that the purpose of Ukraine’s alleged plot was to “accuse Russia of using weapons of mass destruction in the Ukrainian theatre of operations and thereby launch a powerful anti-Russian campaign in the world aimed at undermining confidence in Moscow.”
“The calculation of the organizers of the provocation is that if it is successfully implemented, most countries will react extremely harshly to the ‘nuclear incident’ in Ukraine,” the news agency also wrote on Telegram.
What Is A Dirty Bomb?
A dirty bomb refers to a kind of bomb that uses a combination of different explosives. In this instance, Russia appears to be referring to a kind of explosive that uses radioactive pellets or powder.
Importantly, a dirty bomb is not the same as a nuclear bomb. A nuclear bomb creates an enormous energy release and an atomic mushroom cloud. A one-megaton atomic bomb can create a blast that puts 180 tons of pressure on walls and buildings within a 6km radius.
A dirty bomb, on the other hand, does not create such a huge blast. Instead, the radioactive material within the explosives creates a dust or smoke cloud that can contaminate large areas.
UK Casts Doubt On Claims
British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace cast doubt on Russia’s claims this weekend, suggesting that Russia was establishing a pretense to escalate the conflict.
“The defence secretary refuted these claims and cautioned that such allegations should not be used as a pretext for greater escalation,” the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Saturday.
The comment followed talks between the United Kingdom and Russia, and the statement appears to reflect the position of other NATO allies who believe that Russia remains the aggressor in the conflict.
Shoigu Holds Another Call With Austin
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held a second phone call with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Sunday, the third such call since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and only days after the last call.
Shoigu held calls with several world leaders over the matter, revealing Russia’s intention to ensure that as many world leaders as possible are aware of their dirty bomb narrative. The Russian official reportedly provided no details or evidence for the claims, and readouts of the call revealed that Shoigu said that the situation in Ukraine is getting worse.
Why the Kremlin is making these claims now is up in the air. It’s possible that Russia does have intelligence to suggest Ukraine is considering a false flag attack as an option, but if it were true it raises some serious questions.
Specifically, it raises the question of why Ukraine would risk endangering lives and causing a global conflict when the West is already providing enormous quantities of weapons, ammunition, and other supplies to assist in the fight against Russia. Ukraine has the West’s support and won’t lose it anytime soon. The use of a dirty bomb not only risks that support from the West but endangers Ukrainian civilians. To be frank, it makes no sense at all.
Perhaps, then, Russia is going to these lengths to ensure as many world leaders as possible know that they believe this is the case or to ensure that those world leaders know Russia wants them to believe that they believe this is the case.
Whether the West believes Moscow or not doesn’t necessarily matter – a pretext has been established and if Russia does choose to deploy a dirty bomb, the Kremlin will simply blame Ukraine and move on.
Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.
October 23, 2022 at 7:26 pm
1945, where the deluded gather to smoke hopium together, I guess. Keep on dreaming and maybe America will start winning wars again?
October 23, 2022 at 9:44 pm
The possibility is there, nontheless, it’s unlikely to take place.
Reason is zelenskiyy would need approval or clearance from his boss biden.
Other than that, such a device would surely have CIA’s fingerprints all over it.
Thus questuon is biden willing to initiate ww3 in europe today just to win in 2024.
October 23, 2022 at 10:38 pm
Russia does not need a nuclear bomb explosion in Ukraine. This will not solve any problem. But if the United States + Great Britain decide to escalate the conflict, then this will be a wonderful occasion. The Democratic Party will lose both the Senate and Congress in all polls. It will be a cruel blow. And the explosion of a nuclear bomb in Ukraine will be a great excuse to distract voters from their own failures and shake the tomahawk of war. At the same time, try to divert the attention of the world community from their own research of biological weapons in laboratories in Ukraine.
October 24, 2022 at 9:00 am
What this is really about is laying the groundwork for a cover story if the Russians do launch a tactical nuke and it ends up being a dud. From what we know, open source, this is apparently more than a slight possibility.
Dr. Scooter Van Neuter
October 24, 2022 at 11:37 am
Putin has officially crossed the line into desperate idiocy if he believes he can convince the world that Ukraine wants to poison large swaths of their country for decades.
Sorry, RF trolls inhabiting this site like so many cockroaches, your evil autocrat overlord will continue to lose this war.
October 25, 2022 at 3:30 pm
Oh Dr. Puhleeze. There are not just two povs on this insanity over there. One can hold equal contempt for Putin the authoritarian tyrant warmonger (and part of the global cabal) and Zellenskyy the authoritarian tyrant warmonger (and washer of the global elites’ riches, and keeper of bio weapons lab secrets). Those who choose sides are being played like a fine violin.
October 26, 2022 at 5:56 am
“Putin has officially crossed the line into desperate idiocy if he believes he can convince the world that Ukraine wants to poison large swaths of their country for decades.”
Zelensky doesn’t solve anything. It’s a doll. He will do what he is ordered to do in Washington. That’s where they pull the strings. His looted money is there, which means his soul is there. He kills thousands of Ukrainians in order to steal a new billion, or better yet two. So why should he think that he will remain in place of Ukraine? He’s not going to live there.
October 24, 2022 at 9:04 pm
It’s obvious. He is setting the scene for using nukes on the Ukraine.
October 25, 2022 at 3:32 pm
Who is “he”, David Bate? Putin? Zellensky? Biden? Klaus?
October 25, 2022 at 12:16 am
The dirty bomb could be the ace up zelensky’s sleeve.
With some direct foreign intelligence help, zelensky could whip up such a device in order to draw NATO countries into the conflict.
Zelensky knows HE HAS NOTHING to lose. At best NATO forces roll eastward. At worst all hell breaks loose.
Zelensky has every incentive and motivation to do it. The mighty global agitprop machine is at his disposal.
Why not do it now, right before G20 meeting next month. Strike the lottery’s top prize, baby ! Go on, nothing to lose, except a little loose change, like a penny or two.
October 25, 2022 at 10:19 am
So “Russia Says Ukraine Will Attack Using a Radioactive ‘Dirty Bomb’”…
I guess the only question left is where in Russia Vadimir Putin will set it off!
October 25, 2022 at 7:25 pm
You’re part of the woefully ignorant masses.
October 25, 2022 at 7:23 pm
Go Russia all the way….usa has become like a malignant genital wart. The incompetent and corrupt us government is causing this and the stupid American public is enabling. We are all doomed.