Amid rising concerns about the security of Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), the Polish government is distributing iodine tablets across the country, Poland’s Interior Ministry said in a message on its website on Sept. 19.
“As part of the crisis management and civil protection measures, due to media reports of fighting around the ZNPP, potassium iodide tablets were distributed to regional offices of the State Emergency Service,” the message said.
According to the message, this is a standard precaution against potential radioactive hazards. The ministry added there’s no such contamination threat present at the moment.
Zaporizhzhya NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, and has been occupied by Russian forces since March 4. Several ZNPP facilities have been damaged by Russian shelling, and the station's employees are captives of the occupying troops.
The Kremlin uses the facility as cover for its forces, as Ukraine is unable to return fire due to the risk of causing a nuclear accident.
The ZNPP was taken completely offline on Sept. 11 after Russian shelling disrupted the remaining external power connections to the facility.