Massive fire at Ukraine science site 'containing nuclear reactor' after Russian shelling

Sources say Russian forces attacked the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology where there is an experimental nuclear reactor. A nearby dormitory is also on fire, according to Maria Avdeeva, a research director at European Expert Association in Ukraine.

Security consultants Cavell Group tweeted: “Ukraine/Russia: “Significant artillery fire again tonight on Kharkiv and reports of air activity. Reports also that a large fire is burning at the Institute of Physics and Technology after it was targeted.”

Video from the scene is understood to show huge flames at the centre, which was reportedly the target of a previous attack.

Ukraine’s Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security posted on Twitter: “In Kharkiv, eyewitnesses report a fire in the building of Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology.

“The building contains equipment which, if damaged, can lead to radioactive pollution of the environment.”

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