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Ukraine denies Russia’s ‘dirty bomb’ claims

Ukraine has condemned alleged claims by Russia that Kyiv might use a “dirty bomb”; conventional explosives laced with radioactive material.

In a counter allegation, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia could be preparing an attack of that kind and accused Moscow of being “the source of everything dirty that can be imagined in this war”.

He said Russia was threatening the world “with a radiation disaster” at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant which it had captured and also spoke of Moscow’s threats to detonate a major dam in southern Ukraine.

Allegation Moscow has denied.

On Sunday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu made the dirty bomb remarks in calls to his counterparts in UK, US, France and Turkey.

In a joint statement, France, UK and the US through their foreign ministers rejected Russia’s allegations, describing it as ‘’false’’.

They pledged continued support to Ukraine in “the face of President Putin’s brutal war of aggression”.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu