The city of Kyiv has said it is handing out potassium iodine pills to evacuation centres in preparation for a possible Russian nuclear strike on Ukraine’s capital.
Potassium iodine pills can help block the absorption of harmful radiation by the thyroid gland if taken just before or immediately after exposure to nuclear radiation.
The pills will be distributed to residents in areas contaminated by nuclear radiation if there is a need to evacuate, the city council said in a statement – amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s disastrous on-going invasion of Ukraine.
The city of Kyiv has said it is handing out potassium iodine pills (pictured, file photo) to evacuation centres in preparation for a possible Russian nuclear strike on Ukraine’s capital
Putin has said that he would ‘use all the means at our disposal’ to win the war while his ground forces humiliatingly retreat from a Ukrainian counterattack. Russian troops have suffered heavy losses, and are being pushed back in several regions.
Fears are growing that Putin will resort to using a devastating nuclear strike to beat Ukraine into submission as his ground troops continue to suffer defeats.
News of Kyiv’s preparations came after the Times newspaper reported Monday that NATO had warned members Putin was set to demonstrate his willingness to use nuclear weapons by carrying out a nuclear test on Ukraine’s border.
The NATO warning claimed the K-329 Belgorod submarine, which only entered active service with Russia’s navy in July 2022, may be headed to the Kara Sea to test the feared Poseidon underwater nuclear drone.
Poseidon is said to be capable of travelling huge distances underwater before detonating with enough force to trigger a 1,600ft nuclear tsunami designed to drown and irradiate coastal cities.
The Kara sea is located off the eastern coast of Novaya Zemlya – a large Russian controlled island in the Arctic circle which has long been used as a nuclear weapons testing facility.
It was the site of the largest nuclear explosion ever recorded in 1961 when the USSR detonated the Tsar Bomba – a nuclear device ten times more powerful than all of the ordnance exploded in World War II which was downgraded because its original design was thought too dangerous to test.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (seen in Moscow on Tuesday) has said that he would ‘use all the means at our disposal’ to win the war while his ground forces humiliatingly retreat from a Ukrainian counterattack
The London-based newspaper also said Russia had moved a train thought to be linked to a unit of the defence ministry that was responsible for nuclear munitions.
When asked about the Times report, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia did not want to take part in what he cast as Western exercises in ‘nuclear rhetoric’.
‘The Western media, Western politicians and heads of state are engaging in a lot of exercises in nuclear rhetoric right now,’ Peskov said.
‘We do not want to take part in this.’
Italian daily La Repubblica reported on Sunday that NATO had sent its members an intelligence report on the movements of the Belgorod nuclear submarine.
‘Now it is back to dive in the Arctic seas and it is feared that its mission is to test for the first time the super-torpedo Poseidon, often referred to as ‘the weapon of the Apocalypse’,’ La Repubblica said.
When contacted by Reuters, the Italian defence minister declined to comment on the matter. NATO did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
News of Kyiv’s preparations came after the Times newspaper reported Monday that NATO had warned members Putin was set to demonstrate his willingness to use nuclear weapons by carrying out a nuclear test on Ukraine’s border. Pictured: A test is carried out of Russia’s deadly ‘Satan-2’ missile (file photo)
A series of mine-proof personnel carriers, heavily armoured military vehicles and transportation trucks were seen travelling through central Russia in a clip posted on the Telegram messaging app by pro-Russian channel Rybar
The Belgorod – a 600ft Russian nuclear submarine capable of carrying the Poseidon doomsday weapon – has left its base in the White Sea, a NATO warning note has said
Meanwhile, a Western official said on Tuesday that there are no indications of any unusual activity surrounding Moscow’s nuclear arsenal following the latest nuclear threats by Putin.
‘We have not seen any indicators or activities that we would think are out of the norm. We have not seen activity which is beyond the usual for the sorts of activities that are conducted by those elements of the Russians’ strategic forces,’ the official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that while Russia’s threat to resort to nuclear weapons must be taken seriously, the international community has made clear that it won’t be daunted by them.
‘It’s not the first time (Russian President Vladimir) Putin has resorted to such threats, they are irresponsible and we must take them seriously,’ said Baerbock during a visit to Warsaw on Tuesday.
‘But it’s also an attempt to blackmail us, as we know from the more than past 200 days of this brutal war of aggression,’ she added.
Britain’s foreign minister James Cleverly on Tuesday said Putin’s sequence of strategic errors must stop, and the use of nuclear weapons would lead to consequences.
Putin on Sept. 21 ordered Russia’s first mobilisation of military reservists since World War Two to put more troops on the battlefield and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine, warning the West he was not bluffing when he said he’d be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.
Russia is the world’s biggest nuclear power based on the number of nuclear warheads: it has 5,977 warheads while the United States has 5,428, according to the Federation of American Scientists.