IAEA's Ukraine inspections to address 'dirty bomb' accusations have begun

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi, in Buenos Aires

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. atomic watchdog has started its inspections of two nuclear sites in Ukraine being carried out at Kyiv's request to address Russian accusations that it is working on a so-called 'dirty bomb', the watchdog's chief Rafael Grossi said on Monday.

"Director General Grossi said IAEA inspectors had begun – and would soon complete – verification activities at (the) two locations in Ukraine," the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement, adding that Grossi would "later this week provide his initial conclusions" about the inspections.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy)