Russian forces have fired rockets at a physics institute in Kharkiv containing Nuclear material and a reactor, Ukraine’s national security service has claimed. The strike on the facility comes on the eleventh day of the invasion, and the security service said it risks a “large-scale ecological disaster.”
It claimed that Moscow’s forces are firing missiles from truck-mounted “Grad” launchers, which do not have precise targeting, raising concerns that one would go astray. 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.
The Kremlin said on Sunday that Mr. Putin had told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Russia’s military action in Ukraine could be halted “only if Kyiv ceases hostilities and fulfills the well-known demands of Russia.” In the wake of the fire at the Zaporizhzhia plant, experts said that the shelling had been unlikely to trigger a Chernobyl-style Nuclear disaster.