The city of Kyiv said it was distributing potassium iodine tablets to evacuation centers in preparation for a possible Russian nuclear strike on the Ukrainian 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 of areas contaminated by nuclear radiation if it is necessary to evacuate, the city council said in a statement – amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing disastrous invasion of Ukraine .
The city of Kyiv said it was distributing potassium iodine pills (pictured, file photo) to evacuation centers in preparation for a possible Russian nuclear strike on the Ukrainian capital.
Putin said he would “use every means at our disposal” to win the war as his ground forces humiliated retreat from a Ukrainian counterattack. The Russian troops suffered heavy losses and were pushed back in several areas.
Fears are growing that Putin will resort to a devastating nuclear strike to force Ukraine into submission as his ground troops continue to suffer defeats.
News of Kyiv’s preparations came after the Times newspaper reported on Monday that NATO had warned members that Putin was about to demonstrate his willingness to use nuclear weapons by carrying out a nuclear test on the Ukrainian border.
The NATO warning claimed that the K-329 Belgorod submarine, which only entered active service with the Russian Navy in July 2022, could head to the Kara Sea to test the fearsome drone. nuclear submarine Poseidon.
Poseidon is said to be able to travel enormous distances underwater before exploding with enough force to trigger a 1,600-foot nuclear tsunami designed to drown and irradiate coastal towns.
The Kara Sea is located off the east coast of Novaya Zemlya – a large Russian-controlled island in the Arctic Circle that has long been used as a nuclear weapons testing facility.
It was the site of the largest nuclear explosion on record in 1961 when the USSR detonated the Tsar Bomba – a nuclear device ten times more powerful than any ordnance detonated during World War II, which was decommissioned because its original design was considered too dangerous to test.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (seen in Moscow on Tuesday) said he would ‘use all means at our disposal’ to win the war as his ground forces humiliated retreat from a Ukrainian counterattack
The London-based newspaper also said Russia had moved a train believed to be linked to a Ministry of Defense unit responsible for nuclear munitions.
Asked about the Times article, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia did not want to participate in what he described as Western exercises in “nuclear rhetoric”.
“Western media, Western politicians and heads of state are engaged in a lot of exercises in nuclear rhetoric right now,” Peskov said.
“We don’t want to participate in that.”
The Italian daily La Repubblica reported on Sunday that NATO had sent its members an intelligence report on the movements of the nuclear submarine Belgorod.
“Now he’s back to dive the Arctic seas and it’s feared his mission is to test for the first time the Poseidon super-torpedo, often referred to as ‘the weapon of the Apocalypse,'” said La Republica.
Contacted by Reuters, the Italian Defense Minister declined to comment on the case. NATO did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
News of Kyiv’s preparations came after the Times newspaper reported on Monday that NATO had warned members that Putin was about to demonstrate his willingness to use nuclear weapons by carrying out a nuclear test on the Ukrainian border. Pictured: A test is carried out on Russia’s deadly ‘Satan-2’ missile (file photo)
A series of mine-proof personnel carriers, heavily armored military vehicles and transport trucks were seen driving through central Russia in a clip posted on the Telegram messaging app by the pro- Russian Rybar
The Belgorod – a 600ft Russian nuclear submarine capable of carrying the Poseidon doomsday weapon – has left its base in the White Sea, according to a NATO warning note
Meanwhile, a Western official said on Tuesday there were no indications of unusual activity around Moscow’s nuclear arsenal in the wake of Putin’s latest nuclear threats.
“We did not see any indicators or activity that we would have thought were out of the ordinary. We have not seen any activity beyond the usual for the kind of activities carried out by these elements of the Russian strategic forces,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said that while Russia’s threat to use nuclear weapons is to be taken seriously, the international community has made it clear that it will not be deterred by them.
“This is not the first time that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin has resorted to such threats, they are irresponsible and we must take them seriously,” Baerbock said during a visit to Warsaw on Tuesday.
“But it is also an attempt to blackmail us, as we have known for more than 200 days of this brutal war of aggression,” she added.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said on Tuesday that Putin’s streak of strategic mistakes must end and the use of nuclear weapons would bring consequences.
On September 21, Putin ordered the first mobilization of Russian military reserves since World War II to send more troops to the battlefield and backed a plan to annex swaths of Ukraine, warning the West that he was not bluffing by saying that he would be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.
Russia is the world’s largest nuclear power in terms of the number of nuclear warheads: it has 5,977 warheads while the United States has 5,428, according to the Federation of American Scientists.