Russia's Ambassador to Iraq, Elbrus Kutrashev, said in a March 25, 2022 interview on Al-Nujaba TV (Iraq) that Russia launched its special operation in Ukraine because it had "reliable information" that the Ukrainian government had been preparing to use a dirty nuclear bomb against Russian territory, interests, or nationals. He said that Ukraine was planning to use nuclear waste in this bomb and that this is why Russia prioritized taking control of the Chernobyl nuclear plant when it invaded. Kutrashev emphasized that Russia's operation in Ukraine is defensive and not offensive, and he repeated claims that the United States is operating bioweapon labs in Ukraine in which research is being done into "biologically influencing the Slavic nationality." He said that the fact that the West has considered using such a weapon is an indication of its stupidity. For more about Elbrus Kutrashev, see MEMRI TV Clip no. 9396.
Elbrus Kutrashev: "We had definite information that the Kyiv regime was preparing a provocation attack against Russia, using a so-called 'dirty bomb.'"
Host: "A biological bomb?"
Kutrashev: "Not biological. Nuclear. [They planned to use] nuclear waste in a bomb, and attack Russia or Russian interests, or maybe a concentration of Russians. This is why..."
Host: "Where did they plan to detonate this bomb, according to your information? Inside Russia or in places where this would constitute a provocation to Russia?"
Kutrashev: "I do not have these details, but the information was certain. This forced us to choose as a priority of our special operation in Ukraine taking control of the nuclear plant in Chernobyl. We accomplished this successfully at the beginning of the operation.
"The Russian special operation is a defensive operation. This is not an offensive against Ukraine or an attempt to invade Ukraine. We are trying to defend ourselves, defend our lives and our people.
"What we know about the activity of the [U.S.] labs [in Ukraine] is that they were experimenting in biologically influencing the Slavic nationality. I do not know how dangerous this is for Europe, but these experiments in influencing specific nationalities which carry the Slavic gene, is very dangerous.
"I believe that above all, this is an indication of the West's level of stupidity, which has reached a point where they are considering using such things as a weapon"