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Here’s what a ‘dirty bomb’ is and how it fits into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine | Task and Purpose

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According to Russian state media, Russia is indicating that it may substantially intensify its invasion of Ukraine by alleging that the Ukrainians intend to use a “dirty bomb” to radioactively contaminate large areas of the country.

Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defense minister, telephoned his Western counterparts over the weekend to accuse Ukraine of plotting a dirty bomb assault. It is unknown why Shoigu made the conversation, but it is clear that no U.S. government official accepts Shoigu’s allegations. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “rejected any pretext for Russian escalation” in a phone chat with Shoigu on Sunday, according to a brief summary of the conversation released by Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman. According to Alex Wellerstein, a specialist on the history of nuclear weapons at the private research institution Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, a weapon that employs conventional explosives to disseminate radioactive material over a large region is referred to as a “dirty bomb.” The type of radioactive material used and the extent of its dispersion determine how deadly these weapons are.

Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/news/dirty-bomb-ukraine-russia-explainer/

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