During Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the US Ukraine signed several cooperation agreements with American companies. In particular Ukraine’s state owned nuclear utility Energoatom signed an exclusive a $30 billion dollar agreement with Westinghouse to complete construction of Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant unit four and to bring Westinghouse reactors to several other sites in Ukraine.
Russian media reacted swiftly, hailing the agreement as a future nuclear apocalypse and an existential threat to Ukraine.
Upon learning of the signed agreement Russian media immediately reacted by harkening to the memory of the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear accident and predicting that a nuclear mushroom cloud that would soon hover over Ukraine because of this agreement. The website Regnum suggested that for Ukraine “one Chornobyl is clearly not enough”. Other media also did not skimp on epithets.