Is Russia's war in Ukraine threatening to escalate further? In a telephone conversation with Western counterparts, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed that Ukraine wanted to drop a nuclear-contaminated conventional bomb in order to blame Russia. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was not credible. The allegation raises suspicions that Moscow itself is up to something dirty, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The reports from the 243rd day of the war in the stern live blog: