On 6 and 10 March 2022, the nuclear subcritical installation “Neutron Source Based on a Subcritical Assembly Driven by a Linear Electron Accelerator”, located on the site of the National Research Center “Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology” (Kharkiv), was bombed.
As of 14 March 2022, the situation at the nuclear subcritical installation remains unchanged, in particular:
the nuclear installation has been transferred into a deep subcritical state (“long-term shutdown” mode since 24 February 2022);
power supply to systems/components important to safety has been restored;
the on-site radiation situation is within the standard limits;
personnel continue implementing measures to eliminate the consequences of bombing and maintain the operability of the nuclear installation equipment.
Please note the NSI “Neutron Source”, as well as any other nuclear installation, is not designed for use in conditions of combat operations. Continuation of bombing can lead to severe radiation consequences and contamination of the surrounding territories.