US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that Russia would make an incredibly grave mistake if it used tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine. He said he did not yet know if Moscow would launch a false flag operation when he said Ukraine was preparing to drop “dirty bombs” on its territory. It will be a grave mistake,” he said.Earlier this week, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a meeting with Western powers that Kyiv was preparing another provocation with a “dirty bomb“. However, his claims were dismissed by the UK and US.
The Biden administration had earlier said Russia had given notice that it intended to stage routine drills of its nuclear capabilities while Ukraine’s nuclear energy operator claimed its neighbour was performing some secret work at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
I’m not guaranteeing you that it’s a false-flag operation yet; I don’t know. But it would be a serious, serious mistake,” Mr. Biden stressed.White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the President was clear about what he said. “He said it again today. It would be a major mistake for Russia to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, leading to severe consequences. As for the potential use of a dirty bomb, look, Russia is pushing transparently false allegations,” she claimed.
“This $625 million drawdown includes additional arms, munitions, and equipment from U.S. Department of Defense inventories. This drawdown will bring the total U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to more than $17.5 billion since the beginning of this Administration,” according to a statement released by the US department of state.