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Russian Precision Strikes on Ukraine
On 10 October, Russia conducted precision strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure, which was later confirmed by the country's President Vladimir Putin. The strikes came in the wake of a terrorist attack against the Russian Crimean Bridge by the Ukrainian special services.
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LIVE UPDATES: Nebenzia Says Russia to Regard Ukrainian Use of ‘Dirty Bomb’ Act of Nuclear Terrorism

On Sunday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu discussed the conflict in Ukraine in separate phone conversations with his French, Turkish, UK and US counterparts. The Russian minister expressed his concerns over Ukraine's possible use of a "dirty bomb".
The Russian armed forces continue precision strikes against Ukraine's energy, defense, military and communications infrastructure in retaliation for attacks by the Kiev regime on Russian public services.
On 10 October, President Vladimir Putin told Russia's Security Council that the country had launched retaliatory strikes using precision-guided weapons against Ukrainian infrastructure, in response to crimes committed by Kiev against Russian public services, two days after the deadly terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge.
Last week, Vladimir Putin declared martial law in the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, which recently joined Russia after holding referendums.
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02:01 GMT 25.10.2022
Kuleba Says Discussed With Blinken Deliveries of Air Defense, Ammunition to Ukraine
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said he had discussed with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken the supply of air defense systems and ammunition to Kiev and thanked the United States for support.
"Detailed and candid discussion with @SecBlinken on ways to end Russia’s nuclear blackmail. Grateful for affirming the unfaltering U.S. support whatever circumstances are," Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
"Euro-Atlantic solidarity with Ukraine is essential. We also focused on deliveries of air defense and ammo," he said.
00:02 GMT 25.10.2022
Austin Discusses 'Dirty Bomb' Allegations With Ukraine Counterpart - Pentagon
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov and discussed support for Ukraine amid Russia's special military operation and allegations that Kiev plans to use a so-called "dirty bomb," Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said.
"Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke today with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov to reaffirm the unwavering US commitment to support Ukraine's ability to counter Russian aggression," Ryder said during a press briefing on Monday. "He... reiterated that the United States rejects the public and false allegations by Russia about Ukraine and any attempt to use them as a pretext for further Russian escalation of its unlawful and unjustified war against Ukraine."
Ryder said that Austin and Reznikov pledged to remain in close contact.
Earlier on Monday, the Russian mission to the United Nations sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saying the Kiev regime plans to develop a "dirty bomb" and later accuse Russia for using a tactical nuclear weapon.
A dirty bomb contains radioactive isotopes and explosive load that disperses the radioactive materials across large areas.
The letter also urged the Western countries and the UN Secretary-General to exert their influence on Kiev and prevent a heinous crime from happening.
23:44 GMT 24.10.2022
Grossi Thanks US for Supporting Efforts to Establish Security Zone at Zaporozhye NPP
nternational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said he had met with US Secretary of State Antony Blniken and thanked the United States for support of efforts to create a security zone at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).
"Comprehensive meeting with @SecBlinken today in Washington DC. I stressed @IAEAorg safeguards inspectors will visit #Ukraine this week and thanked the #US for supporting our efforts to establish a Nuclear Safety & Security Protection Zone at #Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant," Grossi wrote on Twitter.
21:20 GMT 24.10.2022
Netherlands to Participate in Training of Ukrainian Military in 2023 - Defense Minister
The Netherlands will take part in the training of Ukrainian soldiers in the United Kingdom in 2023, Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said on Monday.
Earlier in the day, the minister visited the site of the Operation Interflex, a UK-led multinational military operation to train and support the Ukrainian armed forces, in the north of the kingdom.
"Impressed during visit to Op. Interflex in the UK, where NLD military personnel provide basic training to Ukrainian recruits. An assignment with great responsibility; one that we will continue in 2023," Ollongren said on Twitter.
In August, the Netherlands joined the UK-led program to help train Ukrainian soldiers. The course includes training in weapons handling, first aid on the battlefield, fieldcraft, patrol tactics and the law of armed conflict. The Dutch defense ministry said that about 90 Dutch servicemen are involved in the training of Ukrainian soldiers in the UK.
Moscow has warned the West against further involvement in the conflict, while the EU, the US and NATO have maintained that they are not part to the hostilities despite training Ukrainian soldiers, sending their instructors and hardware to Ukraine, and providing intelligence.
21:17 GMT 24.10.2022
Nebenzia Says Russia to Regard Ukrainian Use of ‘Dirty Bomb’ as Act of Nuclear Terrorism
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that Russia will regard the use of a so-called "dirty bomb" by Ukraine as an act of nuclear terrorism.
A dirty bomb refers to an explosive device containing radioactive components meant to spread radioactive contamination without the extraordinary force of a traditional nuclear weapon.
"According to our Ministry of Defense, the Institute for Nuclear Research of the National Academy of Sciences and the Vostochniy Mining and Processing Plant have received direct orders from Zelenskiy’s regime to develop such a ‘dirty bomb.’ The works are at their concluding stage," Nebenzia said on Monday. "We will regard the use of the ‘dirty bomb’ by the Kiev regime as an act of nuclear terrorism."
The Russian Ministry of Defense has also received information that the provocation may be carried out with the support of Western countries. Russia calls on Guterres to do everything in his power to prevent the use of such a weapon.
20:53 GMT 24.10.2022
IAEA Experts Preparing to Visit Two Nuclear Facilities in Ukraine - Grossi
IAEA experts are preparing to visit two nuclear facilities in Ukraine in the coming days following reports of suspicious activity at them, the organization's director general Rafael Grossi said.
"Grossi confirmed that both locations are under IAEA safeguards and have been visited regularly by IAEA inspectors. He added that the IAEA received a written request from Ukraine today to send teams of inspectors to carry out verification activities at the two locations," the agency said. "The IAEA is preparing to visit the locations in the coming days. The purpose of the safeguards visits is to detect any possible undeclared nuclear activities and material."
Grossi also said that inspectors visited one of the sites a month ago and found no undeclared activity or nuclear material.
19:59 GMT 24.10.2022
White House Says Ready to Ask Congress for Additional Funding for Ukraine if Needed
The White House stands ready to come back to Congress to ask for additional funding for Ukraine if needed in the future amid Russia’s ongoing special military operation, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said on Monday.
"We're going to support Ukraine for as long as it takes, and if that requires us to come back to Congress to talk about additional funding, we certainly will be willing to do that as we have in the past," Kirby said during a press briefing.
The United States to date has committed more than $18 billion to Ukraine since January 2021, making Washington the biggest donor of military and financial assistance to Kiev amid its ongoing conflict with Russia.
NBC reported last week, citing legislators and aides familiar with the effort, that US lawmakers are looking to pass a new $50 billion military aid package for Ukraine before January amid concerns that the upcoming midterm elections in November could usher in a new Congress less willing to prop up Kiev.
19:49 GMT 24.10.2022
White House on Israel's Decision Not to Send Arms to Ukraine: We Are Not Twisting Arms
The United States is not going to dictate to Israel on its decisions regarding weapons supplies to Ukraine, White House Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said on Monday.
"We are not twisting arms. We're not controlling. We're not lecturing to other nations," Kirby told reporters.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said last week, citing "operational reasons," that Israel cannot supply military hardware to Ukraine. He promised that Israel would help Ukrainians develop an air raid warning system and would provide relief aid.
Kirby noted that Washington is just "asking and helping coordinate" contributions of other nations to Ukraine. "Each nation has to decide for itself what it's willing to provide," he added.
Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Israel on Monday for withholding air defense weapons that he said his administration needed to protect the country from Russian airstrikes.
Russia launched a series of airstrikes against Ukrainian targets in October in response to a giant explosion that damaged the bridge linking the Crimea Peninsula to mainland Russia and killed four civilians.
19:37 GMT 24.10.2022
Kirby Says No Change on US Not Crossing Into Ukraine Amid Army's 101st Airborne Deployment
Nothing has changed in US President Joe Biden’s position that there will be no American troops fighting inside Ukraine, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said on Monday, after reports of the US Army's 101st Airborne Division being fully prepared to cross from Romania into Ukraine.
"Nothing has changed about the Commander in Chief’s [President Joe Biden] decision that there will be no American troops fighting inside Ukraine. That has not changed," Kirby said when asked to comment on the reports.
CBS reported on Friday that 4,600 soldiers from the US Army's 101st Airborne Division and some heavy equipment have been deployed to Romania for the first time in almost 80 years to defend against any attack on NATO amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
According to CBS, its commanders told the broadcaster that while they're there to defend NATO soil, if the fighting escalates or there's an attack on the alliance, they're fully prepared to cross into Ukraine.
19:37 GMT 24.10.2022
US, Russia Have Held Active Discussions on Prisoner Exchange in Recent Days - State Dept.
The United States and Russia have been in active talks regarding a prisoner exchange, including in recent days, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday.
"These discussions have been ongoing," Price said. "There have been active discussions including in recent days."
19:36 GMT 24.10.2022
White House Says Aware of Letter From Democrats Urging Shift in Ukraine Strategy
The White House is aware of a letter from Democrats urging President Joe Biden for a shift in the Ukraine strategy but believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is not willing to negotiate at the moment, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said on Monday.
"We certainly appreciate the sentiment as expressed by these members of Congress, we are aware of their letter, we have a hearing at the White House and, again, we appreciate their very thoughtful concerns about what's going on in the war in Ukraine," Kirby said during a press briefing regarding Democrats' call for the United States to hold direct talks with Russia. "It's clear Mr. Putin is in no mood to negotiate."
19:36 GMT 24.10.2022
US Sees No Reason to Adjust Nuclear Posture - State Dept.
The United States has not seen any indications that Russia is planning to use nuclear weapons and does not have any reason to adjust its nuclear posture, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday.
"At this time... we've not seen any reason to adjust our own nuclear posture nor do we have indications that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons," Price said during a press briefing.
19:35 GMT 24.10.2022
US Takes Seriously Reports Kiev May Use ‘Dirty Bomb’ But Sees No Such Preparations - Kirby
The United States is taking seriously the reports that Kiev may possibly use a so-called "dirty bomb," but does not see any preparations for the use of such weapons, White House Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said on Monday.
"All I can assure you is that we are taking that seriously, and we are monitoring as best as we can. I can also say, we just see no indication of preparations at this point," Kirby said during a press briefing.
15:53 GMT 24.10.2022
Russian Foreign Ministry Urges Kiev to Stop Actions That May Lead to Nuclear Catastrophe
Moscow demands that Kiev and its "Western sponsors" stop taking actions that could lead the world to a nuclear catastrophe, as well as ignore Russia's warnings, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Monday.

"We demand that the Kiev authorities and the Western sponsors who control them stop taking actions that lead the world to a nuclear catastrophe and threaten the lives of innocent civilians. It is reckless to ignore Russian warnings on this issue," Zakharova said, commenting on information about Kiev's plans to stage a provocation using a "dirty bomb."
15:43 GMT 24.10.2022
Russia, Iran Gave UNSC Exhaustive Explanation on Alleged Use of 'Iranian Drones' in Ukraine - Lavrov
Moscow and Tehran gave exhaustive explanations to the UN Security Council on the alleged use of "Iranian drones" in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

"As for the specific situation with 'drones from Iran,' an exhaustive answer was officially given, including in the UN Security Council, by representatives of Iran and representatives of the Russian Federation," Lavrov told reporters on the sidelines of the Valdai International Discussion Club.
15:27 GMT 24.10.2022
Kiev's 'Dirty Bomb' Plot to Be Discussed in UN Security Council in Coming Days, Lavrov Says
15:08 GMT 24.10.2022
Russia Will Send a Letter to Guterres on Kiev's 'Dirty Bomb' Plot, Envoy Says
Russia will send a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday in connection with Kiev plotting a "dirty bomb" provocation, Russian deputy envoy to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy said.

"More details on the planned Ukrainian provocation with #dirtybomb. We will send a letter to @antonioguterres on this issue later today," Polyanskiy tweeted.
14:27 GMT 24.10.2022
Russia's Gerasimov, UK's Radakin Discuss Threat of 'Dirty Bomb' Use by Kiev
Russian Armed Forces' Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov had a phone conversation with UK Defense Staff Chief Tony Radakin, which, in particular, focused on the threat of Ukraine using a "dirty bomb," the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"On October 24, 2022, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Russian First Deputy Defense Minister, Gen, of the Army V.V. Gerasimov, had a phone conversation with the Chief of the UK Defense Staff, Adm. A. Radakin. During the conversation, the discussion with the British side of the situation related to the possible use of a "dirty bomb" by Ukraine was continued," the ministry said.
11:20 GMT 24.10.2022
Ukraine Fired 39 Strikes on Zaporozhye NPP Since February 24 - Russian Defense Ministry
Since February 24, the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) has undergone 39 strikes from Kiev, including 10 using drones, Lt. Gen. Igor Kirillov, the head of the radiation, chemical and biological defense of the Russian armed forces, said on Monday.

"From February 24 to the present, the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP was subjected to 39 fire strikes by the Ukrainian armed forces, 10 of which using unmanned aerial vehicles and 29 using various artillery systems," Kirillov said.

According to the official, despite the visit of IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to the power plant, Ukrainian troops do not abandon attempts to "seize the NPP in a sabotage way."

"So, on September 1, 15 and 30, as well as on October 17, special units of the Ukrainian armed forces tried to land troops through the Kakhovka Reservoir and take control of the power plant," Kirillov added.
11:05 GMT 24.10.2022
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