Russia tipped to use ‘dirty bomb’ in Ukraine after Shoigu warning

Ukrainian soldiers in fierce firefight with Putin's men

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Vladimir Putin is paving the way for the detonation of a so-called ‘dirty bomb’ in Ukraine which he will then seek to blame on Volodomyr Zelensky, defence committee chairman Tobias Ellwood has warned. The terrifying prediction followed ominous remarks by Sergei Shoigu, Putin’s defence minister, who claimed Ukraine was itself planning to use a so-called ‘dirty bomb’ packed with radioactive material, warning of what he called an “uncontrolled escalation” in the war which has raged since Russia’s invasion.

Shoigu made his remarks during a telephone call with French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu today.

A readout of the call cited Moscow’s apparent concern about Ukraine using such a device, without providing evidence to support such a suggestion.

The defence ministry said: “They discussed the situation in Ukraine which is rapidly deteriorating. It is trending towards further uncontrolled escalation.”

This is a false flag being planted

Tobias Ellwood

Mr Ellwood, the Tory MP for Bournemouth East, told “This is the pretext to RUSSIA using one and blaming Ukraine.

“This is a false flag being planted.”

There was no indication whatsoever that Ukraine had either the capacity or the intention to explode such a device within their own country, Mr Ellwood stressed.

He added: “And they wouldn’t – it would jeopardise international military and diplomatic support.”

Russian missiles yesterday pounded Ukrainian energy and other facilitiesy, causing blackouts in various regions, Kyiv said, while Russian occupation authorities in the southern city of Kherson urged civilians to evacuate.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian attacks had struck on a “very wide” scale. He pledged his military would improve on an already good record of downing missiles with help from its partners.

With the war about to start its ninth month and winter approaching, the potential for freezing misery loomed as Russia continued to attack Ukraine’s power grid.

In Kherson, a target for Ukraine’s aggressive counterattack to the invasion Russian President Vladimir Putin launched on Feb. 24, the occupation authorities instructed civilians to get out.

Occupation authorities posted on Telegram: “Due to the tense situation at the front, the increased danger of massive shelling of the city and the threat of terrorist attacks, all civilians must immediately leave the city and cross to the (east) bank of the Dnipro!”

Thousands of civilians have left Kherson after warnings of a Ukrainian offensive to recapture the city.

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