WAS THE UKRAINE BUILDING A DIRTY BOMB?
This very important article was spotted and sent in by T.S., and if you're concerned about the rhetoric coming out of Swampington DC and its satrapies in Europe this Memorial Day, you'll want to study this one carefully:
While I'm in agreement with those who maintain that when the Ukraine publicly announced its intention to reacquire nuclear weapons that this was the last straw for Russia, what I did not realize that this was an announcement, not of intention, but of what was apparently really going on. The article puts it this way:
Just before the beginning of Ukraine’s war with Russia, Vladimir Putin uttered a key phrase, the meaning of which was that Russia could not allow Ukraine to reacquire even tactical nuclear weapons and that Kiev was literally one step away from creating them. It was this emphasis that immediately fell out of the public spotlight amid claims of “denazification” and “demilitarization”. What is a dirty nuclear bomb and how likely is Kiev to have one?
It's that last question that the article is arguing: how likely is, or was, Kiev to have a dirty nuclear bomb?
First, the bad news: the Ukraine has all sorts of stockpiled spent nuclear fuel, appropriate for use in a nuclear bomb. The Good News is, the West has hitherto been opposed to the Ukrainian development of nuclear weapons:
The issue of the possibility of Ukraine, which renounced nuclear missile weapons as part of the Budapest Memorandum, creating a dirty bomb has been repeatedly considered by various experts. Most of them agreed that it is impossible for a number of reasons.
First, for political reasons: Western allies will not give the unpredictable government in Kiev such a bargaining chip. Second, Ukraine does not have the appropriate technical capabilities, no centrifuge capacity for uranium enrichment, and no suitable means of delivery. Some experts do not agree with the latter assertion, because a large amount of equipment and specialists capable of creating such means has been preserved since the Soviet Union days.
Ukraine currently holds a large amount of spent nuclear fuel that has not been removed from the territory of Ukraine since 2020 and that has been stored on the territory of nuclear power plants awaiting the construction of a nuclear fuel storage facility in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
In addition, the Kiev regime had accumulated 30 tons of plutonium and 40 tons of enriched uranium at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. This was reported by Wall Street Journal journalist Lawrence Norman, citing IAEA Director General Raphael Grossi. The head of the international nuclear watchdog agency noted that although the nuclear power plant is under Russian control, it is run by Ukrainian reactors. That is why the IAEA needs to urgently send its experts to assess the situation and find out whether there are stocks of uranium and plutonium missing (alas, earlier Kiev has lost Javelins, bulletproof vests, etc.).
"Lost" Javelins, bullet proof vests? Give me a break! The question is how much actually made it to the Ukraine, and how much is being laundered for use elsewhere? This is, after all, the Bidenenko regime. But I digress...
The article goes on to cite a Twitter concerning the amount of spent nuclear fuel has thus far emerged in the Ukraine - some 30,000 kg of plutonium and 40,000 kg of enriched uranium - and then points out a hypocrisy in the West's and the Ukraine's "narrative" about this disturbing find:
This is a sly thing. If the state has sufficient competence to dismantle fuel assemblies, the spent nuclear fuel can be used to make weapon-grade isotopes. And for sure, in order to fill a missile warhead with it, a subversive charge, to arrange a dirty bomb, when the territory is contaminated without a nuclear explosion. And the activity of such a bomb will be higher than that of a cobalt bomb by one and a half times,” said the expert.
“Let’s take the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran as an example – the whole Western world demanded from Russia to close the project at first, and then they agreed – Russia takes the spent nuclear fuel so that Iranians would not accidentally start using it illegally for weapons-military purposes. For some reason it was scary in Iran, it was a stumbling block, but with Ukraine it is not frightening”.
Indeed it's a sly thing, for it points out the vast hypocrisy behind the West's and the Ukraine's narrative. For Russia, this has been, from the beginning, an existential crisis, and it is not as if the Russian leadership was not warning the west, and in particular, the swamp creatures in Swampington, DC, to this effect and doing so for years.
If you have difficulty accepting that, then imagine if the Mexican government suddenly decided that it was going to put the drug cartels in charge of a Mexican nuclear program, and the cartels suddenly start displaying Waffen SS divisional insignia, and murdering indiscriminately, and Mexico announced to the world that for its safety and security against its big northern neighbor, it was going to develop nuclear weapons. You can bet your bottom dollar the USSA wouldn't sit idly by and just let it happen...
... or perhaps I should say, you can bet your bottom gold-and-commodities-backed ruble that it wouldn't....
As for the nuclear scenario itself, last week in my News and Views from the Nefarium I mentioned the nuclear false flag scenario that some argued the USSA is or was trying to orchestrate, a scenario that they could not because the people wanting to do so had lost control of America's nuclear football, which tosses a big "iffy" monkey wrench into the geopolitical mix. The prospect does present certain issues and implications, for consider, would Russia have undertaken an invasion in the first place, if it knew the American nuclear football was in the hands of the insane people running this country? It's a question well worth pondering, since the Russian government has recently signaled that it still has possession of its football in the form of an announcement that they would not use tactical nuclear weapons in the Ukraine.
See you on the flip side...
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