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Russian state media are circulating reports of various alleged ploys by Kyiv aiming to escalate the ongoing conflict. It is not immediately clear whether this renewed media offensive represents just another salvo in the information war that unfolds in tandem with kinetic military action or if it precedes Moscow's further provocative actions on the ground. Reports cited below are not corroborated by evidence from outside of the Russian media sphere and should not be treated as a matter of fact.

  • TASS news agency cited Russian Defence Ministry as noting that Ukraine's security forces were planning to engineer radioactive contamination of an area near Kharkiv by destroying an experimental reactor in the local scientific institute. A separate report by Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda accused Kyiv of developing biological weapons "commissioned by the United States," with daily newspaper Izvestia noting that Russia's Investigative Committee was launching a probe into the matter.
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