SBU: snipers and radioactive material for a dirty bomb

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 17:53

The State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported on the elimination of a snipers’ nest at the TV Tower in the city of Konstantinivka on May 3. SBU spokesperson Marina Ostapenko reported on it at a briefing in the Anti-Terrorist Center.

According to Ostapenko, during the operation the Alpha special unit was resisted by a group of gunmen twice its size. “We have injured officers. As far as I know there are two of them, but they are alive. And Alpha fully accomplished its task; the firing point of the enemy was destroyed,” Ostapenko said.

She went on to say thar, “revealed snipers’ spots in Horlivka, Semenivka and Slovyansk have been taken into action as well as the firing-points around the Tsaritsino Hotel complex, Shakhtobudivnik health resort and the city hospital at Slovyansk.”

Ostapenko reported that the SBU continued to uncover diversionist groups around the villages of Makarivka and Krasniy Liman and the city of Luhansk. Defense schemes and mined streets have also been discovered in the village of Druzhkivka, as well as Slovyansk and Kramatorsk.  “Practically all Kramatorsk is under control of the Anti-Terrorist Center except the downtown where, as in Slovyansk, the separatists continue to hold the Ministry of Internal Affairs, SBU and municipality buildings,” she said.

Ostapenko also announced that SBU counter-intelligence in Chernihiv Oblast had seized 1.5kg of a radioactive substance, possibly containing uranium.

 “The dangerous substance was brought into the territory of Ukraine from the self-proclaimed republic of Transdnistria by a car with foreign plates and stored in a primitive container,” Ostapenko said.

According to Ostapenko, during the operation the SBU detained 10 people, including, according to preliminary information, one citizen of the Russian Federation.

During the investigation into the matter, information was revealed that leads the SSU to not exclude that the group had intended to create a dirty bomb and use it in conjunction with mass actions in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine

The original text is on Ukrayinska Pravda at

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3 thoughts on “SBU: snipers and radioactive material for a dirty bomb

  1. 1.5 kg of radioactive substance is a lot, indeed. Fortunately, that stuff is now in the safe hands of the new government of Ukraine. If the radioactive substance was abused (burned, for example) in a public place, it would have started a very serious mass casualty incident.

    Of course, it reminds us of the latest tragic fire in Odessa in its Trade Unions House on 2nd of May. Already, Mr Poroshenko, the Ukrainian presidential candidate, revealed that a certain toxic material was somehow used in the fire in Odessa, not to mention foreign separatist provocateurs were brought into Odessa from Russia and Moldova (Transnistria), according to latest Kyiv Post reports.

    “Proof was presented at the Verkhovna Rada’s session behind closed doors today that what happened at the House of Unions can be called a terrorist attack,” he told a press conference.
    “People from both sides suffered. But in fact there were terrorists brought from Transnistria and Russia who fired on the Ukrainian march and there were also special toxic substances placed at Trade Union house. It was a scenario developed in advance to make the number of victims higher,” he also said.

    One hundred years ago, the WW1 was started and saw the horror of chemical warfare. After the WW1, international law came to ban WMDs such as chemical weapons.
    But, this year, we see a certain foreign country (or counties) conspiring to use WMDs (attacks using toxic chemical, biological or radiological materials, not only nuclear weapons) in Ukraine?
    This is a very serious problem. If the allegation is true, the country (countries) responsible should answer the international community.

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