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Russia warns U.N. about Ukraine’s ‘dirty Bomb’ as it evacuates Kherson by Stocksak

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© Stocksak. Victor walks across his garage’s forecourt in Balakliia Ukraine, October 22, 2022, after it was completely destroyed by Russian strikes. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

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By Michelle Nichols, Pavel Polityuk

UNITED NATIONS/KYIV – Russia rebuffed Western countries’ warnings that Kyiv was preparing a “dirty” bomb in Ukraine. The Russian government said it would bring this issue to the U.N Security Council Tuesday.

Russia sent a late Monday letter to the United Nations confirming its assertions about Kyiv. Diplomats stated that Moscow intended to raise the matter with the Security Council at a closed session the next day.

Russia’s U.N. stated that it would consider the use of the dirty Bomb by the Kyiv Regime as nuclear terrorism. Stocksak saw the letter that Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia sent to U.N. SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres.

Top Russian officials called their Western counterparts to voice their concerns on Sunday and Monday as Ukrainian forces advanced into the Russian-occupied Kherson Province.

The United States, Britain, France and Britain rejected Moscow’s accusations as “transparently falsified” and reiterated their support of Ukraine.

They said that the world would not accept any attempt to use this allegation for escalation.

Later, the United States issued a warning for Russia.

Ned Price, spokesperson for the State Department said that the United States has been clear with Russia about the serious consequences of nuclear use. “Russia would face consequences regardless of whether it uses a nuclear or dirty bomb.”

Russia’s defense ministry claimed that the purpose of a “dirty-bomb” attack on Ukraine would be to blame Russia. It stated that the ministry had begun to prepare for such a scenario by preparing resources and forces “to perform tasks under radioactive contamination.”

The U.N. nuclear watchdog announced that it was ready to send inspectors on Kyiv’s behalf to inspect two unidentified Ukrainian locations. This apparent response to Russian talk of a “dirty Bomb”. It stated that both sites had been subject to its inspections, and one site was inspected last month.

Russia’s state news agency RIA had previously identified the two sites involved in this operation – the Eastern Mineral Enrichment Plant (central Dnipropetrovsk) and the Institute for Nuclear Research (Kyiv).

According to U.S. officials, there was no evidence Russia had chosen to use a nuclear weapon or dirty bomb.

John Kirby (NYSE) White House national security spokesperson, stated that “We continue not to see anything in the Russian side’s preparations for the use nuclear weapons,” he told reporters.

Volodymyr Zeleskiy, President of Ukraine, stated that Russia’s accusations were a sign that it was planning to attack Ukraine.

“Russia calls and says Ukraine is allegedly preparing something. It means one thing: Russia already prepared all of this,” Zelenskiy stated in a speech.

Dmytro Kuleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister, said late Monday that he had a conversation with Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary-of-State. They discussed “ways to end Russia’s nuclear blackmail”.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German President, arrived in Ukraine on Tuesday for his first visit to Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24th. He would meet Zelenskiy as well, German broadcaster NTV reported.

EVACUATION

Russia has instructed civilians to evacuate territory on the western bank Dnipro River. The area is where Ukrainian forces are advancing this month, just after Russia claimed it annexed it.

Russia’s defeat there would be its largest setback since its invasion.

According to the Ukrainian military, Russian-installed authorities were in Kherson and were evacuating all banks, administrative facilities, emergency service and medical personnel. Schools and school meals funding had been stopped. It said that equipment used by internet service providers was stolen, and that looting and robberies had increased.

Stocksak couldn’t verify the report.

Kherson’s capital is the only large city Russia has retaken intact since the invasion. It also holds the only foothold on Ukraine’s west bank, the Dnipro. The province controls Crimea’s gateway, which Russia claimed it annexed in 2014.

Pro-Russian authorities announced Monday that Kherson men who stayed would have the option to join a military unit for self-defence. Kyiv accuses Russia for press-ganging occupied men into military formations, a war crime according to the Geneva Conventions.

Kyrylo Budanov was Ukraine’s military spy chief and stated that Russian forces were not retreating but were preparing to defend Kherson City.

“They create the illusion that everything is lost. “But at the same they are moving new military forces in and preparing for defense the streets of Kherson,” he said to the Ukrainska Pravda media outlet.

Russia’s forces suffered major defeats during September. President Vladimir Putin has escalated war. He called up hundreds of thousands of reservists and announced the annexe of occupied territory. He also repeatedly threatened to use nuclear weapons to defend Russian land.

Russia launched a campaign to attack Ukraine’s energy infrastructure using long-range missiles and drones made in Iran this month.

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