Jenderal Polandia Waldemar Skrzypczak. Photo/Twitter/AndrzejJakiewic
WARSAW – Because of its large-scale nuclear potential, Ukraine may have built a nuclear bomb, according to Polish general Waldemar Skrzypczak.
“I do not rule out that Ukraine has nuclear weapons, because Ukraine has nuclear power plants, scientists, laboratories and know-how. In other words, everything they needed to have such a weapon. In fact, today there is nothing stopping Ukrainians from having them,” Skrzypczak, a former commander of the Polish Army, said in an interview with Polish media.
Ukraine surrendered its last Soviet-era nuclear weapons to Russia in the mid-1990s after signing security guarantee agreements with Moscow and Washington.
Last year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Kiev might revoke its non-nuclear weapons status because of “Russian aggression.”
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Last October, the head of Russia’s Radiation, Chemical and Biological Troops Igor Kirillov said Kiev had the technological potential and industrial base to make dirty radioactive bombs, including more than 1,500 tons of spent fuel from nuclear power plants, uranium ore mining plants and research centers. in Kharkov and Kiev which proved instrumental in Soviet-era nuclear research.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu contacted his counterparts in the US, France, UK and Turkey the same month to raise Moscow’s concerns about Kiev’s potential use of the dirty bomb to accuse Russia of provocation.
Ukrainian officials deny their country owns or plans to acquire such weapons, stressing Kiev’s strict adherence to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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Last week, however, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Oleksiy Makeev announced Kiev’s desire to “start discussions” on the country’s nuclear status.
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