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A nuclear research center in the city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine was bombed by Russian forces today, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate announced.
Buildings and infrastructure were damaged, but the area where the nuclear fuel is housed was not affected and radioactivity levels remain normal in the area, the authority said in a statement, according to Reuters.
“The possibility of another catastrophe … that could directly affect nuclear and radiological safety remains high due to the continuing Russian bombing,” the Ukrainian authorities warned.
Reuters notes that confirmation of the incidents from an independent source has not been possible.
Severodonetsk is under full Russian control
The city of Sheverodonetsk in Donbass, the scene of fierce clashes between the Ukrainian army and Russian military forces for several weeks, is completely controlled by the Russian army, said the mayor of the city Oleksandr Stryuk.
The Ukrainian army announced yesterday its withdrawal from the city of 100,000 before the Russian invasion to better organize the defense of the neighboring city of Lisichansk.
The mayor said residents who had taken refuge in the Nitrogen plant to escape the bombing had begun to leave. Some of them have spent the last three months in the basements, he explained.
A spokesman for the pro-Russian separatists confirmed that the residents who had taken refuge in the factory were moving away, without specifying in which direction.
With the occupation of Sheverodonetsk, Russian forces now control almost the entire Luhansk region after weeks of fierce fighting, and street battles are also taking place in neighboring Lisichansk.