The United States has rejected Russia’s unsubstantiated claims that Ukraine is preparing to use “dirty bombs” on its territory as part of Vladimir Putin’s escalation of war as “clearly false”.
“The world will see through attempts by Russia to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation,” Secretary of State Antony Brinken told Ukrainian Secretary of State Dmytro Kuleva on Sunday, and will support Kyiv as long as necessary. vowed to continue.
Earlier on Sunday, Kleba denounced Moscow’s allegations as “ridiculous” and “dangerous”, adding that “Russians often blame others for what they planned.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded swiftly to Moscow’s allegations and called for international unity. “If Russia says on the phone that Ukraine is preparing something, it means one thing: Russia is already preparing all this,” Zelensky said in a video address on social media. “Now I believe the world should react as harshly as possible.”
Zelenakiy said that everyone “understands who is the source of all the filth imaginable in this war. It was Russia who threatened with the radiation disaster at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. [nuclear power plant]”
On Sunday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at three meetings with his British, French and Turkish counterparts that Ukraine could use a ‘dirty bomb’, a conventional weapon containing radioactive material. argued at all. Shoigu also spoke with Pentagon Secretary Lloyd Austin, but Moscow did not mention the dirty bomb claim in a statement summarizing the call.
The Russian minister did not cite evidence for this allegation as he warned of a “potential provocation” on the part of Kyiv.
There is no evidence that Ukraine, which abandoned its nuclear weapons in the 1990s, has radioactive material in its military arsenal.
The UK Ministry of Defense said in a statement: The Secretary of Defense refuted these allegations and cautioned that such allegations should not be used as a pretext for greater escalation. “
The War Institute said a “false flag operation” by Russia was unlikely, dismissing Shoigu’s call as a move to use force intended to intimidate Ukraine’s Western allies and divide the NATO alliance. did.
Russia faces the following military setbacks: Possible loss of West Kherson By the end of the year, he said.