Ukraine has shared footage that allegedly shows a missile hit the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, which houses nuclear materials and a reactor.
Ukraine’s national security service said Russian forces were firing on the Institute from Grad launchers. The launchers do not have precise targeting capabilities, raising concern that a missile may veer off its intended path and strike the reactor.
The science institute is home to the Neutron Source nuclear research facility which contains 37 nuclear fuel cells in its core, according to Ukraine’s foreign minister Emine Dzheppar. The institute was responsible for the first nuclear bomb developed by the Soviet Union.
The attack comes just two days after Russia shelled Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia. Russian soldiers eventually captured the building and overtook the power plant.
There were no immediate reports of any damage to the nuclear materials inside at this time.