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US rejects Russia's 'dirtybomb' claim, calls it a plot to escalate war

Russia has alleged that it suspects Kyiv of planning to use 'dirty bomb'

Destroyed homes in Irpin, Ukraine on April 18. (Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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File Photo: Destroyed homes in Irpin, Ukraine on April 18. (Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Western countries accused Russia on Monday of plotting to use a threat of a bomb laced with nuclear material as a pretext for escalation in Ukraine, as Moscow evacuated civilians from a southern city in anticipation of a major battle.

With Ukrainian forces advancing into Russian-occupied Kherson province, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu phoned Western counterparts on Sunday to tell them Moscow suspected Kyiv of planning to use a so-called “dirty bomb”. 

In a joint statement, the foreign ministers of France, Britain and the United States said they had all rejected the allegations and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine against Russia.
“Our countries

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First Published: Oct 25 2022 | 12:30 AM IST

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