Russian leader Vladimir Putin has ordered for preparations of tactical nuclear weapons to use against Ukraine. In a recent interview, the former Russian president and Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council, Dimitry Medvedev said the Kremlin is looking for an excuse to use its nuclear arsenal in the face of the West seeking to destroy Russia. General SVR Telegram channel claims that Putin has given direct orders to prepare an operation that will involve the use of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant against Ukraine.

According to Mirror, Medvedev has portrayed the decisions and actions of the West as an “extremely aggressive” assault on Moscow. Over the weekend, Zaporizhzhia was shelled with both Russia and Ukraine blaming each other for the damage. Russian troops hit the occupied nuclear power plant in Energodar which was reportedly part of Putin’s plan implementations to develop the conflict. 

The channel quoted the former Russian president, "When this plan is implemented, part of the facilities at the station will be blown up and the power unit damaged.”

With this, Putin will then accuse Ukraine's leaders of nuclear terrorism and blame them for the explosion and in turn, have an excuse to use Russia’s tactical nuclear arsenal as its response measure.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky referred to the shelling as “Russian nuclear terror” with United Nations Secretary-General calling for access for inspectors at the plant to investigate the “suicidal attacks”. The plant’s high-voltage power line was reportedly damaged in Friday’s attack causing the plant’s operators to shut down a reactor.

No radioactive leak has been detected but much concern has been expressed by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) citing violations of nuclear safety principles. General SVR channel, which is believed to be run by a former officer of Russia’s intelligence service spoke of such theories involving a war that was engineered by Putin himself. 

"Putin is sure that it is precisely the demonstration of the use of nuclear weapons with impunity in an armed conflict that will force the West to recognize his (Putin's) strength and force the whole world to reckon with him and go to his terms,” the channel stated.

Chernobyl - 20 Years After Nuclear Meltdown CHERNOBYL - JANUARY 25: The Sarcophagus of the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor number 4 is seen on January 25, 2006 in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Within seven months the number 4 reactor building and its molten core was enclosed within a reinforced concrete casing. This shelter, or sarcophagus, was supposed to absorb the radiation and contain the remaining fuel. The sarcophagus was considered to be an interim measure. It was designed with a lifetime of only 20 to 30 years in mind. The greatest problem is a lack of stability as it was hastily constructed. A new structure designed to enclose the damaged reactor is due to be completed by 2008. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images