Russian Invasion: Kremlin Forces Fire at Institute in Kharkiv With Nuclear Reactor Inside

Russian Invasion: Kremlin Forces Fire at Institute in Kharkiv With Nuclear Reactor Inside

  • Ukraine's second-biggest city, Kharkiv is being deliberately flattened by Russian missiles with many describing it as a war crime
  • Latest reports from the city indicate that Russian forces have targeted an institute with nuclear reactors inside
  • The concern at Kharkiv at the moment is whether the attack has disturbed the protective structures around the sub-critical assembly

Kharkiv - Russian forces have fired rockets at a physics institute in Kharkiv which contains nuclear material and a reactor, Ukraine's national security service has claimed.

The UK Independent reports that the strike on the nuclear facility comes on the eleventh day of the invasion and the security service said it risks a large-scale ecological disaster.

Russian prime minister, Putin, has sent the country's forces into Ukraine amidst global outrage. Photo credit: Ramil Sitdikov/Sputnik/AFP
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It claimed that Moscow’s forces are firing missiles from truck-mounted launchers, which do not have precise targeting, raising concerns that one would go astray.

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The Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology houses a nuclear research facility called Neutron Source, in the active zone of which 37 nuclear fuel cells are said to be loaded.

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Footage published by Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs showed blasts hitting a building – supposedly at the Kharkiv institute – but there was no immediate reports of any damage to the nuclear materials inside.

Criticising the alleged attack, Ukraine’s first deputy minister of foreign affairs Emine Dzheppar said Ukraine continues to collect evidence of Russian war crimes for the Hague.

The Kyiv Independent confirms the report with a tweet:

“Russian troops shell nuclear research facility in Kharkiv. The Kharkiv branch of Ukraine’s Security Service reported that Russia used Grad multiple rocket launchers to shell the Kharkiv Physics and Technology Institute.”

In reaction, US journalist, Anne Applebaum tweeted:

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“With the indiscriminate bombardment of Kharkiv, a mostly Russian-speaking city, Putin's strategy becomes clear: Murder as many people as possible. Then take possession of the ruins.”

Russia targeting populated areas in Ukraine, says UK Intelligence had earlier reported that British military intelligence said on Sunday, March 6 that Russian forces were targeting populated areas in Ukraine but that the strength of resistance was slowing the advance of the Kremlin soldiers.

The British military intelligence update stated:

“The scale and strength of Ukrainian resistance continue to surprise Russia. Russia has responded by targeting populated areas in multiple locations, including Kharkiv, Chernihiv, and Mariupol.
“Russia has previously used similar tactics in Chechnya in 1999 and Syria in 2016, employing both air and ground-based munitions.”


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