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Subcritical nuclear facility damaged in Kharkiv due to airstrike – SINR

«Neutron Source» is completely de-energized, there are also surface damages on the building.

As a result of an air strike on the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology in Pyatihatki, the subcritical nuclear unit «Neutron Source» was damaged. The press service of the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine (SINR) reported this on Facebook.

The research unit is located on the site of the Institute.

The Russian Federation once again committed an act of nuclear terrorism! (...) According to preliminary information «Neutron Source» is completely de-energized, there are surface damages to the building», - the press service reported.

Now the staff clarifies the information about the consequences of damage. Also, the State Inspectorate reminded that on March 6, the unit was already bombed.

«Before the aggression of the Russian Federation «Neutron Source» was at the stage of physical launch, within which the core was filled with fresh nuclear fuel. On February 24, 2022, operational staff (...) has turned the installation into a deep subcritical state», - noted the press service.

State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine report.

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