Vladimir Putin has accused the UK of orchestrating an attack on a Russian atomic facility in a rant against Rishi Sunak’s lack of understanding about the war in Ukraine.
The Russian president has claimed captured Ukrainian soldiers revealed they had been instructed to sabotage the facility by British secret services.
He also accused the UK of ‘underestimating’ the consequences of orchestrating an attack, saying he was ‘being provoked’.
Speaking in Vladivostok, Putin said: ‘Do they understand what they are playing with?
‘Are they trying to provoke us into retaliating against Ukrainian atomic power stations?
‘Does the British prime minister know what his secret services are doing in Ukraine?’
Putin also claimed the attack could have been overseen by the US government, The Times reports.
He did not specify which atomic facility was allegedly attacked.
Russian forces have occupied the Zaporozhzhia nuclear station in southern Ukraine for more than a year.
Both Russian and Ukrainian soldiers have accused each other of shelling around the plant’s six reactors.
Putin is expected to meet North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un tomorrow to discuss a nuclear arms deal.
The meeting has sparked Western concerns about a potential arms deal for Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
Last week, US authorities voiced concerns that the pair would discuss the possibility of Pyongyang supplying weapons for Putin’s soldiers to use on the battlefield in Ukraine.
Their meeting will follow a visit to North Korea by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in July.
He is believed to have sealed secret agreements for the supply of weapons for the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine while there.
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