Kiev plots attack with use of 'dirty bomb': Kremlin
Russia warns of increased threat of Ukraine’s "dirty bomb", which is expected to contaminate several thousand square meters of terrain if used.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday, that Kiev is planning a terrorist sabotage act using a "dirty bomb", and Moscow will continue to exert strained efforts to prevent such irresponsible activity.
"We have information that indicates an existing threat of a dirty bomb from Ukraine. We have information that indicates that Ukraine is preparing for such a terrorist act," Peskov declared in a press conference.
Russia will share this information with the international community in order to prevent such sabotage, as per the official.
"We will vigorously continue to convey our point of view to the world community in order to encourage them to take active steps in terms of preventing such irresponsible behavior of the Kiev regime," he said.
Commenting on the deployment of the 101st US Airborne Division in Romania, Peskov said that the “closer US troops are to Russia's borders, the more fully Russia must build its security”.
The top Russian official stressed that "the close US troops are to our borders, the greater the danger is for us."
He also added that Russia will build a policy of ensuring its own security.
Such movements of US troops near Russia's borders "do not lead to the strengthening of predictability and stability" in the region, according to the official.
Russia and China discuss dirty bomb
It is also worth noting that the Russian Defense Ministry said, on Wednesday, that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, raising concerns about potential provocations by Ukraine using a "dirty bomb."
"The situation in Ukraine was discussed. Gen. of the Army Sergei Shoigu conveyed to his Chinese counterpart concern about possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a "dirty bomb," the ministry said.
This comes two days after the chief of Russia's armed forces' radiation, chemical, and biological defense Gen. Igor Kirillov revealed that Ukraine's development of a "dirty bomb" is in the final stage.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported that Ukraine's deployment of a "dirty bomb" will contaminate several thousand square meters of terrain if used. "The detonation of a radiological explosive device will inevitably lead to radioactive contamination of the area of up to several thousand square meters,” Kirillov told reporters.
According to the official, Kiev has a reason for using the "dirty bomb," as well as the scientific, technological, and production capabilities to create it.
Reports about Kiev preparing to use a dirty bomb in Ukraine to blame Russia for using nuclear weapons have been circulating for about a month now.
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