In phone call with French and British counterparts
Shoigu accused Kyiv of building a “dirty bomb”
The accusation by the Russian defense minister has triggered sharp reactions. In Kyiv they speak of dangerous and absurd lies. The UK is calling for a de-escalation.
The Russian Defense Minister Shoigu had “conveyed his concern about possible provocations of Ukraine with the help of a ‘dirty bomb'”.
In a telephone conversation with his French and British counterparts, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed that Kyiv was planning to detonate a radioactive bomb to discredit Moscow.
Shoigu had “conveyed his concerns about possible provocations of Ukraine with the help of a ‘dirty bomb’,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
«Russian lies are dangerous and absurd»
“Russian lies about Ukraine’s alleged plans to use a ‘dirty bomb’ are as absurd as they are dangerous,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter. Ukraine is loyal to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. “The Russians often blame others for what they plan to do themselves,” Kuleba warned in Kyiv.
After the phone call, it was said from London that Defense Secretary Ben Wallace had rejected the allegations and warned that such allegations should not be used as a pretext for further escalation. The minister also emphasized the desire for de-escalation.
Conventional explosive devices that also scatter radioactive material are referred to as “dirty bombs”. For its part, Ukraine, which gave up its nuclear weapons after the collapse of the Soviet Union, accuses Russia of planning to drop such a bomb.
Russians predict “uncontrolled escalation”
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the situation in Ukraine is becoming increasingly acute towards an “uncontrolled escalation”. Russia’s state-run news agency Ria Novosti claimed that Kyiv has virtually completed the completion of a small tactical nuclear bomb and is ready to detonate it on its own soil “to launch a strong anti-Russian campaign designed to undermine trust in Moscow.”
Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine hasn’t gone as planned by Moscow for months. The advance initially faltered, and in the meantime the Russian units have even gotten partially on the defensive. Against this background, speculation about a possible Russian use of tactical nuclear weapons against the neighboring country is increasing. Moscow denies any such intentions. (ced)