|People stand among the rubble after a missile attack in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, on October 23, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
The defense chiefs of the 3 countries reiterated their steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to the statement. They committed to continue supporting Ukraine’s efforts to defend its territory for as long as it takes.
The statement said that the Defense Ministers spoke to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu to reject Russia’s allegations that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its own territory. The Ministers cited Russia's accusations as a pretext to escalate the conflict in Ukraine.