Situation report day 244
October 25, 2022 - The IAEA is to send inspectors to two Ukrainian sites at Kyiv's request, following Russian claims that Ukraine plans to use a “dirty bomb”.
Russia's state news agency RIA had earlier identified what it said were the two sites involved in the operation – the Eastern Mineral Enrichment Plant in central Dnipro region and the Institute for Nuclear Research in Kyiv.
U.S. officials said there was no indication Russia had decided to use a dirty bomb or any nuclear weapon.
Meanwhile, Russia has ordered civilians to evacuate territory it controls on the western bank of the Dnipro River, as it prepares to defend Kherson City.
Pro-Russian authorities in Kherson announced that men who stay would have the option of joining a military self-defence unit. Kyiv accuses Russia of press-ganging men in occupied areas into military formations, a war crime under the Geneva Conventions.