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Russia | The Guardian: What are dirty bombs and why is Russia talking about them?

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Russia is taking highly disputed claims that Ukraine plans to use a dirty bomb on its own soil to the UN security council

A dirty bomb is a conventional explosive device laced with another substance – for instance radioactive material – designed to contaminate the immediate surroundings of a blast area. In the case of a dirty bomb using nuclear material, no fission takes place (as would occur in the detonation of a nuclear weapon). Usually seen as a potential terrorist weapon, it would have limited utility in conventional warfare.

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