Russia tells China and India that Ukraine planning ‘dirty bomb’ attack

FILE - Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attend the opening of the Army 2022 International Military and Technical Forum outside Moscow, Russia, August 15, 2022. (Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
FILE - Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu attend the opening of the Army 2022 International Military and Technical Forum outside Moscow, Russia, August 15, 2022. (Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reiterates claims that Ukraine is preparing a provocation using a “dirty bomb” in a video call with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe, according to Moscow’s defense ministry.

“The situation in Ukraine was discussed. Army General Sergei Shoigu conveyed to his Chinese counterpart concerns about possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a ‘dirty bomb,'” the ministry says in a statement.

In a separate statement earlier in the day, it said Shoigu also voiced the same “concerns” in a phone call with India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

At its most basic, a dirty bomb is a conventional bomb laced with radioactive, biological or chemical materials which are disseminated in an explosion.

Shoigu accused Ukraine of planning to use a “dirty bomb” in calls with several NATO counterparts on Sunday, claims dismissed as “dangerous” lies by Kyiv.

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