As Moscow asserts that Ukraine is preparing to launch a “dirty” bomb, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with his Russian counterpart for the second time in three days on Sunday.
According to a Pentagon transcript of the discussion on Sunday, “Secretary Austin dismissed any justification for Russian escalation and reiterated the need of sustained dialogue amid Russia’s illegitimate and unjustified conflict against Ukraine.”
Over the weekend, Sergei Shoigu, the Russian military minister, spoke with defense officials from Turkey, Britain, and France to express his concerns about “potential Ukrainian provocations utilizing a ‘dirty bomb,'” an explosive that is intended to disperse radioactive material over a wide region.
In a joint statement released on Sunday night, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom stated that they “stand committed to continue supporting Ukraine’s efforts to protect its territory for as long as it takes.”
The nations issued an unified statement in which they stated that they all “made plain that we all reject Russia’s transparently false assertions that Ukraine is prepared to use a dirty bomb on its own territory.” “Any attempt to use this claim as a justification for escalation would be exposed by the world,” he said. Additionally, we reject any justification for Russia to escalate.
Sergei Shoigu, the Russian minister of defense
According to British sources, U.K. Defense Minister Ben Wallace “refuted” allegations that Ukraine was preparing to use military action to intensify the conflict with the assistance of Western nations.
The situation in Ukraine “is rapidly deteriorating” and “moving towards further uncontrolled escalation,” according to a readout from the French Ministry of Defense.
Top security officials from Russia will leave occupied regions in Ukraine with their families, according to a report.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, said that in response to any escalation on the part of Russia, “the world should react in the toughest conceivable way.”
“Everyone knows everything well,” Zelenskyy said in a video address, “when today the Russian minister of defense organizes a phone carousel and phones foreign ministers with stories about the so-called “dirty” nuclear bomb.”
If Russia calls and claims that Ukraine is purportedly getting ready for something, it just implies that Russia has already done so.