The Russian Federation has committed another act of the nuclear terrorism!!!
During the week, the aggressor country continued bombing and shelling the city of Kharkiv.
Today, on 6 March 2022, the research nuclear installation NSA "Neutron Source Based on a Subcritical Assembly Driven by a Linear Electron Accelerator" (NSA “Neutron Source”), located on the site of the National Research Center “Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology”, was under fire.
In the result of the shelling, the following damages have been identified:
- the substation RU-0.4 kV was completely destroyed;
- cables of air conditioner cooling systems of the linear accelerator cluster gallery have been damaged;
- in some places there are surface damages of the main building of the installation;
- heating line of the complex of buildings and structures of the NSA “Neutron Source” has been damaged;
- windows in the pumping building and cooling towers, and in the isotope laboratory have been broken.
This list of damages is not complete so far. Currently, information on the consequences of the damages is being specified by the personnel of the NSA “Neutron Source”.
Prior to the Russian aggression, the NSA “Neutron Source” was at the stage of physical start-up, during which the core was loaded with fresh nuclear fuel.
On 24 February 2022, the nuclear installation was transferred to a deep subcritical state by the operational personnel.
NSA “Neutron Source” is being created on the basis of NSC KIPT in accordance with the agreements reached at the Washington Summit, set out in the Joint Statement of the Presidents of Ukraine and the United States in April 2010 and the “Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Ukraine and the United States on Cooperation in the Nuclear Safety Issues”, signed on 26 September 2011. The project implementation is supported by the U.S. Argonne National Laboratory.
NSA “Neutron Source” is designed for scientific and applied research in the field of nuclear physics, radiation materials science, biology, chemistry and for production of medical radioisotopes.