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Nuclear weapon plot exposed: Putin may frame Ukraine to ‘justify own missile launch'


Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu alleged during a meeting with defence ministers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) that there is a “real threat of Ukraine creating a nuclear weapon”. He added that “NATO has turned Ukraine into a state hostile to Russia, making it an instrument of pressure on Moscow”.

Mr Shoigu also brought up the claim, first surfaced in March, that “a network of more than 30 biological laboratories involved in the US military biological programme was created [in Ukraine]”.

Hamish De Bretton-Gordon, a weapons expert from Cambridge University, told Express.co.uk that both these claims were likely  “false flag nonsense that Russia could use to justify using their own CBRN”.

 The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure defines CBRN as “the abbreviation commonly used to describe the malicious use of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear materials or weapons with the intention to cause significant harm or disruption”.

 Prof Andrew Futter, a nuclear weapons expert from the University of Leicester, agreed that the allegation was likely a false claim,

 

He told Express.co.uk: “I don’t think there is any chance of Ukraine creating a nuclear weapon, and certainly not in a short space of time. 

“I suspect this is just part of the information war that is going on.”

But he suggested that it might be a while yet until Vladimir Putin decides to press the red button.

Prof Futter said: “And I still hope we are a long way from Russian nuclear use in Ukraine.”

But if he did, he warned that “it would represent a massive escalation”.

“My understanding is that Russia still characterises this as a special operation rather than full-scale war.”

 This comes as Russia has been unveiling a terrifying arsenal in tests since it first launched its invasion in mid-February.

This is a breaking story. More to follow. 

 

 



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