MOSCOW, October 24. /TASS/. The Kiev regime plans to explode a low-yield nuclear device in order to blame Russia for using weapons of mass destruction in the Ukrainian theater of combat operations, the chief of the Russian army’s radiation, chemical and biological protection force, Lieutenant-General Igor Kirillov, said on Monday.
"The Defense Ministry has evidence that the Kiev regime is planning a provocation involving the detonation of a so-called dirty bomb or a low-yield nuclear device. The purpose of the provocation is to accuse Russia of using weapons of mass destruction in the Ukrainian theater of operations, thus launching a major anti-Russian campaign around the world aimed at undermining trust towards Moscow," he said.
Kirillov recalled that at the Munich Security Conference on February 19, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced his intention to restore Ukraine's nuclear status.
"It is also noteworthy that during the special military operation Zelensky repeatedly called on the NATO countries to carry out strikes at Russia," Kirillov said.
In addition, he recalled that on October 22, in an interview with Canadian television channels Zelensky urged the world to deal strikes at the Kremlin if Russia hit the "decision-making center" on Bankovaya Street, where the office of the Ukrainian president is located.
Earlier, on October 23, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu held telephone conversations with his counterparts in Britain, France, Turkey and the United States to bring to their attention Moscow’s concerns about possible provocations by Ukraine involving a "dirty bomb".