AUTHORITIES in Kyiv have started dishing out potassium iodine pills over fears of a Russian nuke attack.
The city council of the Ukrainian capital confirmed it is providing evacuation centres with the pills in preparation of a potential nuclear strike on the capital.
This comes as Russia rattles its nuclear sabre as its forces continue to be pushed back even as Moscow declared four regions as their own.
The pills contain potassium iodine, which can help block the absorption of harmful radiation (such as radioactive Iodine 131) by the thyroid gland in the event of a nuclear disaster – if taken just before or immediately after exposure to nuclear radiation.
That is based on the assumption that only radioactive Iodine is being used.
Kyiv authorities said in a statement they will be distributing the pills in areas contaminated by nuclear radiation if there is a need to evacuate.
Putin has been brazen in his threats of turning the already devastating war nuclear – and Russian military doctrine does leave the door open for them to use a nuclear weapon.
Defence sources reportedly claim one of the options on the table is for Putin to detonate a nuclear weapon on the border in a massive show of force, reports The Times.
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Indeed, Putin is feared to be planning a low-yield nuclear test on the border with Ukraine.
Russian state TV has been swamped with talk of nuclear war – with throughout the conflict Putin’s mouthpiece hosts constantly raising the possibility, even suggesting nuking London.
And he gave a rambling speech last Friday as Russia annexed four regions in eastern Ukraine during which he constantly and incoherently moaned about the West.
A Twitter user, who posts anonymously, suggested authorities in Poland may have also been distributing potassium iodine pills.
“I live 60 km from the border with Ukraine! In Poland they have already supplied schools with potassium iodine tablets,” he said.