Sunday, 29 Jan 2023

Putin attempts to back up claim dirty bomb could be used against Russia troops

Putin attempts to back up claim dirty bomb could be used against Russia troops


Putin attempts to back up claim dirty bomb could be used against Russia troops

Vladimir Putin has said that he directly ordered his defence minister to make a series of calls to top Nato commanders this week over the potential detonation of a "dirty bomb" in Ukraine.

Russia has escalated its rhetoric in recent weeks by claiming without evidence that Ukraine was preparing to detonate a low-yield radioactive device on its own territory, leading Kyiv and other western observers to consider that Putin may be preparing a "false flag" attack of its own.

In a speech near Moscow, Putin claimed once again that Russia knew "about an incident with a so-called 'dirty bomb' being prepared", and that Russia knew "where, generally, it was being prepared".

Once again he gave no evidence of the alleged plot, which included the possibility of the device being loaded on to a Tochka-U or other tactical missile, detonated and then "blamed on Russia".

Kyiv has strongly denied the accusations and said that Russia is using nuclear blackmail in order to try to block support for its successful counteroffensive against the Russian invasion force.

The US president, Joe Biden, on Wednesday said that he had spent "a lot of time" discussing whether Russia may be preparing to use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine.

"Let me just say Russia would be making an incredibly serious mistake if it were to use a tactical nuclear weapon," he told reporters. "I'm not guaranteeing that it's a false-flag operation yet. We don't know. It would be a serious, serious mistake."

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