Russian troops ‘fire on nuclear reactor’ as minister warns of ‘major disaster’ – World News

First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar warned that the Russian attack on the Institute of Physics and Technology in Kharkiv risked a “major environmental disaster”.

Kharkiv was devastated by Russian bombs and shells, and a nuclear research facility in the city was also damaged
Kharkiv was devastated by Russian bombs and shells, and a nuclear research facility in the city was also damaged

Russian forces are firing on a nuclear research facility in the city of Kharkiv, Ukrainian officials said.

The country’s parliament said it was unable to estimate the damage due to ongoing clashes in the region.

It comes two weeks after an earlier Russian attack on the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, which houses a nuclear reactor core.

A Ukrainian politician warned that the recent shelling risks a “major environmental disaster”.

Ukraine’s State Nuclear Regulatory Agency said: “Continuing their bombing may result in serious radiation consequences with contamination of nearby areas.”

Emine Dzheppar, the first deputy foreign minister of Ukraine, added: “The Russian attacker fired Grad rocket systems at the territory of the institute in Kharkiv, where the Neutron Source nuclear facility is located, in the active zone of which 37 fuel cells were loaded .

A fire broke out during the latest attack on the Institute of Physics and Technology in Kharkiv

A TikTok user shared this haunting image of an unexploded rocket in a kitchen in Kharkiv


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“The destruction of a nuclear facility and nuclear material storage facilities could lead to a major environmental disaster. Ukraine continues to collect evidence of (Russian) war crimes after The Hague.”

The regulator had previously accused Russia of having committed an “act of nuclear terrorism” by bombing the research facility.

In a statement, the nuclear watchdog said: “Before the Russian aggression, the neutron source was in the phase of physical commissioning, during which the core was loaded with fresh nuclear fuel.

A firefighter battles a blaze in the city after Russian shelling



“On February 24, 2022, the unit was placed in a deep subcritical state by neutron source operations personnel.”

In a report on the condition of the reactor used for scientific research at the institute, the regulator said critical buildings on the site had been damaged during the attack, but the reactor was in a “deeply subcritical condition” and “completely discharged”. energized”.

The video from the crime scene is said to show huge flames in the center where the first development of an atomic bomb in the USSR was carried out.

Ukrainian forces stopped the Russian advance on Kharkiv


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The Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security wrote on Twitter: “In Kharkiv, eyewitnesses report a fire in the building of the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology.

“The building contains equipment that, if damaged, could result in radioactive pollution of the environment.”

After it was first targeted, authorities said the institute owned a nuclear research facility with 37 nuclear fuel cells.

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Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Kharkiv was considered one of the most threatened cities while Vladimir Putin’s troops massed at the border, and has withstood horrific bombings and carnage.

The city’s resistance typifies the reaction of Ukrainians since the February 24 Russian invasion, and residents have refused to surrender.

Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov said hundreds of buildings, including many residential ones, were destroyed.

“It’s impossible to say that the worst days are behind us, we’re constantly being bombed,” he said.

A witness in the city said she saw people on the roofs of apartment buildings throwing grenades or similar ordnance into the streets as resistance continued.

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