The news comes as the head of Ukraine‘s state nuclear energy company has announced he will take charge of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, in opposition to claims made by Moscow.
Potassium iodine tablets are being handed out in UkraineGetty/Pixabay
The Russian foreign ministry claimed the plant would operate under the supervision of Moscow agencies after president Putin formally annexed the wider region.
Energoatom chief Petro Kotin has also urged workers at the plant not to sign any documents with its Russian occupiers.
“All further decisions regarding the operation of the station will be made directly at the central office of Energoatom,” Kotin said in a video address posted on the Telegram messaging app.
Putin previously threatened to use “all the means at our disposal” if his country is threatened, seen as a sign that he could use tactical nuclear weapons in response to attacks on parts of Ukraine he has annexed.
Putin is “highly unlikely” to use nuclear weapons in the Ukraine conflict but he is not acting in a “rational” way, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace previously said.
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