ARCHIV - 12.06.2008, Ukraine, Enerhodar: Ein Stromerzeugungsblock im Kernkraftwerk Saporischschja in der Stadt Enerhodar im Süden der Ukraine. (zu dpa "Sorge um Europas größtes Atomkraftwerk in der Ukraine") Foto: Olexander Prokopenko/AP/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Russian troops are said to have “wired power units of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant with explosives,” the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security at the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine said on Twitter.

The commander of the Russian troops stationed in the power plant had therefore agreed to “blow up the power plant, which would lead to a nuclear catastrophe”.

The Ukrainian authorities quote him as saying: “This will either be Russian land or scorched earth.” He told his soldiers that no matter how difficult the orders might be, they had to carry them out “with honor”.

Earlier, a representative of the Ukrainian defense intelligence service had already reported about explosives on the energy units of the power plant, the agency reports.