‘Nuclear attack’ as Russians told take anti-radiation pills and rush to bunkers

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    Terrified Russians heard an emergency nuclear attack warning, telling them to take anti-radiation pills and hurry to their nearest nuclear bomb shelters.

    TV and radio programmes in Moscow and the Sverdlovsk region, including Yekaterinburg city, were interrupted with an alarming message to use gas masks after a missile strike.

    The population was urged to take potassium iodide pills, which offer some protection against radiation poisoning.

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    The Russian Emergencies Ministry said that hackers had been responsible for a false alarm. It’s the third such hoax in as many weeks – but the first where there was a warning to take anti-radiation pills.

    TV and radio audiences across Russia saw regular programming interrupted by a blaring siren as on-screen graphics warned: “Urgent message.

    "There has been a strike. Urgently go to a shelter.

    “Seal the premises. Use gas masks of all types.

    “In the absence of gas masks, use cotton-gauze bandages.Take potassium iodide pills.

    "Keep calm. Should you feel worse, go to the nearest medical facility.”

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    Spine-chilling graphics on screen showed a map of Russia being gradually covered with eerie red shading spreading from west to east.

    A message in bright yellow, stated: “Everyone immediately to shelter” as the screen showed a black and yellow radiation symbol."

    However the government were quick to react to reveal it was all a hoax.

    The ministry said: “A false air raid alert was broadcast in Moscow after servers of radio stations and TV channels were hacked.”

    There were claims that satellite signals broadcasting the TV and radio content had been disrupted.

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    Reports said other regions including Arkhangelsk were also hit by the warnings.

    So too were Russian-occupied parts of Kherson region in Ukraine where radio programmes were interrupted.

    No group has as yet claimed responsibility for the chilling threat. Authorities in Belgorod blamed Ukrainian forces for a previous hoax warning on February 22.

    But some commentators have claimed this could be a ploy by the Kremlin to warn the public to be ready for all-out war as Vladimir Putin ramps up his rhetoric and tension between east and west worsen as a result of the Ukraine War.


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