kyiv denies Moscow ‘dirty bomb’ claims — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union
Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky says the only ‘subject’ capable of using nuclear weapons right now is Russia itself
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has denied Moscow’s allegations that kyiv was preparing a false flag attack with the use of a « dirty bomb,and instead pointed the finger at Russia.
Zelensky commented on what he called « a phone carouselby the Russian Minister of Defence: on Sunday, Sergei Shoigu told his French, Turkish and British colleagues of his concern about “possible provocations by Ukraine with a « dirty bomb ».« »The Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported earlier that the purpose of such a provocation would be to accuse Moscow of using weapons of mass destruction in a scheme to « launch a powerful anti-Russian campaign”.
In a video address on social media, Zelensky claimed that “wherever Russia has brought death and degradation,« Ukraine is »back to normal life.
« And there is only one subject who can use nuclear weapons in our part of Europe, and this subject is the one who ordered Comrade Shoigu to call somewhere,said the Ukrainian leader.
so called « dirty bombs » use conventional explosives with radioactive materials. Although it cannot compete with a nuclear warhead in terms of power, such a device could disperse a cloud of radiation in a radius of several kilometers around its explosion.
Zelensky said he was convinced that « everyone understands » who is « the source of all that can be imagined dirty in this war » and called on the world to react « In the hardest way possible« When it comes to « another step of escalationby Russia.
Earlier on Sunday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba also commented on Moscow’s allegations, saying that « Russian lies » about « dirty bomb » « are as absurd as they are dangerous.
“First, Ukraine is a committed member of the NPT (non-proliferation treaty): we don’t have ‘dirty bombs’ and we don’t plan to acquire any. Secondly, Russians often blame others for what they themselves are up to,” said the minister.
According to the British Ministry of Defense’s reading of the conversation between its chief, Ben Wallace, and his Russian counterpart Shoigu, the Russian minister « alleged that Ukraine was planning actions facilitated by Western countries, including the United Kingdom, to escalate the conflict in Ukraine.« Wallace »refuted these claimsand warned Shoigu that « such allegations should not be used as a pretext for further escalation“, said the ministry.
Earlier, in an interview with Deutsche Welle, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that any use of nuclear weapons by Russia in Ukraine would lead to « serious consequencesfor Moscow, but declined to reveal details about it. At the same time, he said the risk of such a Russian attack remains low.
Many Russian officials have insisted that the country does not threaten anyone with nuclear weapons and have pointed to Russian military doctrine, which states that nuclear weapons can only be used if such weapons or other weapons of mass destruction are deployed against the state, or if it faces an existential threat from conventional weapons.
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