Russian security prevents Ukrainian smuggling of nuclear substance | News

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Five Ukrainian intelligence agents who tried to plant radioactive substances in the area of ​​the special military operation to blame Russia were detained, the Federal Security Service (FSB) reported on Friday.


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"Acting in the interest of the foreign client, the group took measures to acquire, outside legal prohibitions and restrictions, one kilogram of the isotope cesium-137, for 3.5 million dollars, to export it as a contraband and use it to the detriment of Russia's interests in the course of the special military operation," the agency said in a press release.

An operation carried out by the FSB, with the support of the Ministry of the Interior, allowed the suspects to be caught red-handed, while they were trying to buy the material.

According to the statement, these are "members of an organized criminal group acting in coordination with a Ukrainian national."

Experts say that cesium-137 can be used to make a dirty bomb and also constitutes one of the main residues present in radioactive waste from nuclear reactors.

Its half-life is about 30 years and it can contaminate land and reach the food chain.

In this sense, the FSB indicated the initiation of a criminal investigation for alleged crimes of illegal handling of radioactive substances and attempted smuggling against the detainees.

Dirty bombs combine conventional explosives and radioactive substances. Although they cannot generate a nuclear explosion, they do cause the dispersion of radioactive substances in the affected area.

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