Ukrainian military intelligence considered detonating a “dirty bomb” on Russian territory, the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Moscow has claimed. The FSB accused Kyiv’s military intelligence of plotting to smuggle a radioactive device using light aircraft.
A dirty bomb is a conventional explosive device covered with radioactive material, which contaminates a large area around it after detonating.
Preparations for the “terrorist attack” were revealed during an investigation into Kyiv’s use of light planes for clandestine missions against its neighbor, the agency said according to a report by RT.
According to an FSB statement released on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR) has a special branch operating light aircraft, which are intended to fly undetected at low altitudes. The planes can smuggle supplies to saboteurs or conduct surprise bombing sorties, the FSB claimed. –RT
The Russian agency released footage of an interview with an alleged Ukrainian pilot who was intercepted while flying one such mission against Moscow. He was identified as Dmitry Shimansky and was detained in May in the Tula Region some 200km south of Moscow, when his plane landed to deliver drone parts and explosives for a planned attack on a Russian military airfield.
The FSB also published an interrogation video of another apparent Ukrainian captive, a military pilot named Aleksandr Morozov, who said he was arrested after being forced to land when his small plane was damaged during a secret mission in Russia. His task was to bomb a fuel depot in Bryansk Region bordering Ukraine, he explained. The incident was initially reported in April.
Russia has been warning for some time that Ukraine, with the help of the West and NATO has been plotting a “dirty bomb” attack, either against Moscow or a false flag attack against Kyiv.
The pilot claimed that the GUR leadership had considered using the same tactics to prepare a dirty bomb attack in Russia.