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Cablegate: Request for Additional Information On Ukrainian

VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #2687 1892143
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 072149Z JUL 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHKV/AMEMBASSY KYIV PRIORITY 7004
INFO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 5645
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 2520
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA PRIORITY 3464

UNCLAS STATE 072687

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP MNUC ASEC ENRG KCRM PARM TRGY UP XH PINR
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON UKRAINIAN
SEIZURE OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS

REF: A. A) CEP20080707950429
B. B) 2007 STATE 162091

1. (U) This is an action request for Embassy Kyiv. Please
see paragraph 3.

2. (U) BACKGROUND: According to Ref A, the Ukrainian
Interior Ministry in the Cherkasy region detained two men
attempting to sell cesium and enriched uranium for five
million U.S. dollars. According to the report, the
radioactive materials were found during a car inspection
while the suspects traveled from Dnipropetrovsk to Cherkasy
region. There was no information on the buyer of the
material. The materials have been secured at a Radon
facility in Kyiv and are undergoing analysis. The
individuals attempted to sell the confiscated radioactive
materials as a sample in order to maintain a channel for
further sales. A media report also indicated that one of the
detained is on the consulate registration list for the
Ukrainian Embassy in Germany.

3. (SBU) ACTION REQUEST: Post is requested to seek answers
from appropriate Ukrainian officials to the questions in
paras 12 and 13 of Ref B and to provide a coordinated
response to Washington via front-channel cable. All relevant
agencies at Embassy Kyiv are requested to coordinate outreach
to the GOU.
RICE

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