Vienna: A team of inspectors from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit two sites in Ukraine at the request of the government in kyiv, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said in a statement.
In the statement released on Monday, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said the agency is aware of statements made by Russia on Sunday about alleged activities at the two nuclear sites.
Grossi confirmed that both places are under IAEA safeguards and have been regularly visited by agency inspectors.
He added that the IAEA received a written request from Ukraine on Monday to send teams of inspectors to carry out verification activities at the two locations.
“The IAEA inspected one of these places a month ago and all of our findings were consistent with Ukraine’s safeguards declarations,” said the Director General.
“No undeclared nuclear activities or materials were found there.”
The IAEA is preparing to visit the sites in the coming days, he said, adding that the purpose of the safeguards visits is to detect any possible undeclared nuclear material and activity.
Grossi’s announcement comes amid Russian accusations that Ukraine is preparing to use “dirty bombs.”
Dirty bombs contain radioactive material, such as uranium, which is released into the air when their conventional explosive is detonated, the BBC reported.
They don’t need to contain highly refined radioactive material, like that used in a nuclear bomb, making them cheaper and easier to maneuver.