Ukraine war: UN nuclear watchdog to inspect Ukrainian sites

The UN’s nuclear watchdog says it will send a team to inspect two sites in Ukraine at the government’s request.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors will examine the sites for signs of “undeclared nuclear activities”, officials said.

The location of the facilities was not announced, but Director-General Rafael Grossi said that one of them was inspected last month.

It comes amid Russian accusations that Kyiv is preparing to use dirty bombs.

The devices contain radioactive material, such as uranium, which is scattered through the air when its conventional explosive detonates. They don’t need to contain highly refined radioactive material, as is used in a nuclear bomb, which makes them cheaper and easier to manoeuvre.

The IAEA said it received an invitation from the Ukrainian government to carry out “verification activities” at two unspecified locations, adding that the agency’s inspectors already visit both sites regularly.

Mr Grossi said the IAEA “inspected one…

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