Following the Russian claims that Ukraine is planning to detonate a radioactive dirty bomb and blame it on Moscow, officials in Kyiv said that Russia often accuses others of what they plan themselves.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said this meant Russia itself could be preparing for an attack of this kind.
Ukraine’s allies also dismissed the claims, with the US saying it “rejected any pretext for Russian escalation”.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu made the dirty bomb remarks in a call with his UK counterpart Ben Wallace.
He said he was “concerned about possible provocations by Kyiv involving the use of a dirty bomb”.
On Sunday, Shoigu also held a flurry of phone calls with defence ministers of the US, France and Turkey, voicing Moscow’s alarm. He provided no evidence to back up his accusations, BBC reported.
Responding to this, President Zelensky accused Russia of being “the source of everything dirty that can be imagined in this war”.
He said Russia was threatening the world “with a radiation disaster” at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant which it had captured and also spoke of Moscow’s threats to detonate a major dam in southern Ukraine. The Kremlin denies the allegations.