Fears over an "atomic bomb" attack on a dam that would "flood thousands" in a tsunami have been aired after Russian president Vladimir Putin's troops begin "moving military equipment".
In what would be a "historical disaster" as Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy called it, Russian troops are said to be preparing to blow up a dam in Kherson.
Environmentalists said attacking the site would unleash an "atomic bomb" of water on the surrounding towns and villages, reports The Telegraph.
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The resulting explosion and flooding could devastate "hundreds of thousands" and there are further worries over not just the Russian retreat but the utilisation of nuclear weaponry.
Warmonger Putin had warned Western powers he would use "all means necessary" in a chilling speech some months ago.
With Russians said to be plotting to create an "atomic bomb" of water to flood the hundreds of thousands living in the nearby towns, it provides further worries over a potential "major battle" in Kherson.
One soldier speaking to The Telegraph said they "won't even be surprised" if the dam was blown up, which provides electricity for hundreds of thousands of people in the area.
They said of the potential atomic bomb tsunami: "They have spoken of this. I won't even be surprised if they do… all they do is genocide."
A startling potential for destruction comes just days after Russian troops were suggested to be facing "difficult decisions" in the area.
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In a statement delivered to the European Council, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said that the "rapid flooding" that comes from the destruction of the dam would be devastating.
He said: "If Russian terrorists blow up this dam, more than 80 settlements, including Kherson, will be in the zone of rapid flooding. Hundreds of thousands of people can fall victim to it."
There are further worries the proposed atomic bomb plan is a distraction tactic, with a US-based think-tank labelling it a "false flag attack" that would allow for a military diversion.
An ISW representative said earlier this month: "The Russian military may believe that breaching the dam could cover their retreat from the right bank of the Dnipro River and prevent or delay Ukrainian advances across the river."
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