Russia firing at nuclear reactor facility in Kharkiv, Ukraine says

‘It is currently impossible to estimate the extent of damage,’ Ukraine’s parliament said

Thomas Kingsley
Saturday 26 March 2022 22:35
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<p>Kharkiv has faced heavy shelling during Russia’s invasion </p>

Kharkiv has faced heavy shelling during Russia’s invasion

Russian forces have been firing at a nuclear research facility in Kharkiv, the Ukrainian parliament has said.

The nation’s parliament said it is currently not possible to determine the scale of the damage of the attack.

“It is currently impossible to estimate the extent of damage due to hostilities that do not stop in the area of the nuclear installation,” quoted the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate as saying.

Russian forces last fired on a nuclear reactor facility in the city over two weeks ago, hitting a building where there is equipment that officials warned could release radiation if damaged.

The shelling set the building on fire, which was later doused by firefighters. The research facility is a part of the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, which reportedly produces radioactive materials for medical and industrial usage.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) previously warned that potential destruction of the facility would lead to a large-scale environmental disaster.

Ukraine’s government said earlier this month there had no change in background radiation and a local governer said there was “no threats to the civilian population yet” as a result of the shelling.

This map shows the extent of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russian forces have already taken over two nuclear power plants in Ukraine, including Zaporizhzhia, the largest nuclear plant in Europe.

Ukraine has accused Russia of cutting off the power supply to the Chernobyl power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, and asked for a temporary ceasefire to allow repairs on the electric line.

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