‘False flag’ nuclear bomb use in Ukraine: Russia implicates Pakistan
PANAGYURISHTE ($1=1.99 Bulgarian Levs) — It hasn’t happened yet, but the invasion of Ukraine hadn’t happened in early February either, had it. Russian rhetoric in recent weeks has focused heavily on the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Moscow accuses Kyiv that the Ukrainians are preparing to use a nuclear weapon in the form of a dirty bomb.
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Let’s be clear: a dirty bomb is a type of nuclear weapon. When such a bomb explodes it disperses radioactive, biological, or chemical materials. I.e. very often the dirty bomb is associated with the use of another term – the use of radioactive elements. Cesium-137 is the most common radioactive element in dirty bombs. If such a charge were to detonate, long-term radiation exposure and fatalities are expected to be small. So say the experts.
Moscow continues to maintain that it will not use nuclear weapons in and against Ukraine. But against the backdrop of the defeats suffered in recent weeks and the counter-offensive of the Ukrainian armed forces, the Kremlin suddenly launched the idea “that Ukraine will use a dirty bomb”. Some countries announced in one tone that Moscow’s accusations were false. US, France, and UK suggested that Russia was the one who would use a dirty bomb under a false flag. There is logic in such claims, against the background of recent Russian losses, the organized mobilization in Russia, and the deployment of already North Korean, Chinese, and Iranian systems in Ukraine.
And if the Chinese drones that have been proven to have been purchased for the Russian army are civilian devices converted into a combat vehicles, then according to sources, this is not the case with Iranian supplies, for example. Now Russia is trying to divert public attention by shouting “Look, Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb”.
Even Moscow began to strongly assert that Islamabad was involved in the development of Ukrainian nuclear weapons. Mr. Igor Morozov, who is a Russian senator and a member of the defense committee, said that “Ukraine and Pakistan have recently discussed technologies to develop nuclear weapons.” Quite expectedly, the information was widely circulated in the Russian media. RIA Novosti was one of the first Russian agencies to engage in the “political Russian dirty bomb rhetoric”. The publication claimed that Ukrainian experts traveled to Islamabad and met with a delegation to discuss nuclear weapons technology.
But Morozov never provided evidence for his claims. But the damage is done – today the truth is as it is perceived by the worldview of the politically connected society. And it continues not to think and blindly believes in fairy tales. However, Morozov did not limit himself to the “Ukrainian trip” and did not exclude the possibility that Mr. Volodymyr Zelensky and Mr. Joe Biden discussed nuclear weapons together with their British partners.
The Tochka-U ballistic missile system has once again come under the crosshairs of Russian rhetoric. The fact is that Ukraine and Russia have absolutely equivalent Tochka-U systems. Thus, Moscow even “suggested” that Kyiv would use low-power nuclear warheads.
Some media, supposedly not supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine, often stand behind Russian actions there, looking for their “logical explanation”, pushes assumptions as evidence. For example, Geo-Politik claims that 122 mm fragmentation projectiles, which can in fact be loaded with small nuclear warheads, are produced in Pakistan. Geo-Politik did not name the company but hinted that these shells are manufactured in Punjab, Pakistan, from where supplies to Ukraine originate.
Inadvertently or not, but rather logically from a historical point of view, the Indian website republicworld.com implicated the participation of a Bulgarian defense private company as a supplier of ammunition to Pakistan going to Ukraine. BulgarianMilitary.com found out the name of the company but prefers not to mention it, because, after our questions, the Bulgarian company officially denied the accusations of the Indian site. “We have not traded with this company, we have not communicated with companies from the region, we do not even trade in the specified region” was the official statement of the company.
Russian “nuclear bomb/dirty bomb” rhetoric is not from today. Moscow announced years ago that rebels in Syria used a dirty bomb. It’s kind of weird that rebels have access to chemical weapons, nukes, and dirty bombs when their best weapons are basically obsolete Soviet RPG-7s.
But perhaps the “nuclear rhetoric” has another purpose. Some argue that Moscow simply wants to use nuclear weapons, but since the Kremlin has officially announced that it will not use them in Ukraine, the possibility of a “false flag” remains. Other experts say it is a move by Mr. Vladimir Putin to at least discourage the West from getting directly involved in the conflict.
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