A team was dispatched to place sensors that would blame Moscow for any potential incidents, reports the NYT
US President Joe Biden’s administration is preparing for a possible nuclear attack in Ukraine by equipping the country with a network of sensors capable of identifying the origin of any atomic strike, The New York Times reported.
The sensors would be able to detect radiation from a dirty bomb or nuclear weapon, the outlet said on Friday, citing Washington’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
“Part of the goal is to ensure that if Russia detonates a radioactive weapon on Ukrainian soil, its atomic signature and Moscow’s guilt could be verified,” he added. says the newspaper.
The radiation sensor network is being deployed “in the whole region” and would be able to “characterize the size, location and effects of any nuclear explosion”, according to an NNSA unit called the Nuclear Energy Support Team (NEST). The unit would work with Ukraine to install the sensors, train workers, monitor data and warn of dangerous levels of radiation.
NEST added that sensor data would deny Russia “any possibility of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine without attribution.” The Times said that “goes to the fog of nuclear war and how the United States could use the new system to break through it.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced last month that tactical nuclear weapons would be placed in Belarus as early as this summer, in response to the UK’s decision to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium munitions. He denied intending to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but he also pledged to use “all available means to protect Russia”.
Respond to accusations of use “Irresponsible nuclear rhetoric” Russian officials pointed to the hypocrisy of the United States and NATO, noting that Western leaders ignore the fact that the United States has long had nuclear weapons stationed in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands. Low and Turkey.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pointed out that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently lamented the suffering of the Japanese people following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while failing to mention that Washington executed them – the only strikes of this type in the history of the world.
The Times claimed that US radiation sensors could help prevent Moscow from carrying out a ‘false flag’ nuclear attack, such as claiming that Kiev detonated a bomb on the battlefield to provoke more direct Western intervention in the conflict. . The U.S. Department of Energy is spending about $160 million this year on nuclear precautions in Ukraine and has requested similar funding for that purpose in 2024.
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