Russian claims that Ukraine could have used a “dirty” bomb in the war were dismissed by the West as “nuclear Blackmail”.
The Kremlin is claiming that Kyiv could use such an attack on its territory, despite the fact that its forces are facing several battlefield defeats and the risk of being routed to the south.
The USA, France and the UK have all rejected the claims and declared that the world will see through any attempts to use them as pretexts for escalation.
This comes as Ukrainians are being asked for electricity conservation as their power grids continue be damaged by Russian missiles and drones.
The ministry reported that Sergei Shoigu, Russian defense minister, discussed the “rapidly degrading situation” in Ukraine with his British, French, and Turkish counterparts.
He claimed Ukraine could escalate without providing any evidence. This is conventional explosives that are laced with radioactive materials.
Ukraine has given up its Soviet Union-inherited nuclear weapons in 1994 and now does not have any.
Russia has, however, stated that it could defend its territory using its own nuclear arsenal, and has engaged in repeated nuclear sabre-rattling against the West.
Dimitry Peskov, spokesperson for the Kremlin, insisted Shoigu’s warning was a real threat.
“Their distrust in the Russian side’s information doesn’t mean the threat of using such an a dirty bomb doesn’t exist,” Mr. Peskov stated.
“Such a danger exists, and the defense minister has provided the information to his interlocutors. They can decide whether they trust it or not.
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Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, stated that everyone understands that Russia is “the source for everything dirty that can possibly be imagined in this conflict”.
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He said, “If Russia has prepared another round to raise stakes and an escalating move, it must now see, pre-emptively, and before any new ‘dirt’, that the rest of the world won’t swallow that.”
Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s defense minister, said that Moscow’s claims were “fake”, and an act “nuclear smear”.
The foreign ministers of France, USA, and the UK made a joint statement. They said that they all rejected Russia’s transparently false claims that Ukraine was preparing to use a bomb on their territory.
“The world would reject any attempt to use this allegation for escalation.
“We also reject any excuse for Russia’s escalation.”