Volodymyr Zelensky has rejected Moscow’s claims that Kyiv is set to use a radioactive so-called dirty bomb on its own territory.
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu made the allegation in phone conversations with Western defence chiefs on Sunday. A "dirty bomb" is designed to contaminate a wide area with radioactive material, making it dangerous for civilians. It does not involve a nuclear explosion.
The Ukrainian President said the allegation was a Russian ploy for just such an attack in Moscow’s eight-month-old war against its pro-Western neighbour: "The world should react as harshly as possible."
"If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is allegedly preparing something, it means one thing: Russia has already prepared all this," Mr Zelensky said in his daily video address.
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