‘Dirty bomb provocation’: what is Russia planning?

Western powers reject Moscow’s claims Kyiv could use a dirty bomb on its own territory

Vladimir Putin
Moscow has made evidence-free claims that Kyiv is preparing to use a so-called dirty bomb on its own territory
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Ukraine has accused Russia of engaging in “dirty blackmail” after Moscow claimed without evidence that Kyiv is preparing to use a so-called dirty bomb on its own territory.

In a joint statement, the US, UK and France warned Russia against using “transparently false” claims. “The world would see through any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation. We further reject any pretext for escalation by Russia,” they said.

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