Russia seizes Ukrainian nuclear university/research reactor in Crimea

The main building at the Sevastopol National University of Nuclear Energy and Industry in Crimea.

The main building at the Sevastopol National University of Nuclear Energy and Industry in Crimea.

The Sevastopol National University of Nuclear Energy and Industry with its nuclear reactor was seized by Russian occupation troops using brutal force, according to an e-mail report from  Andriy Martynyuk, board chair of Ecoclub in Rivne, Ukraine, which is part of the NIRS-WISE international network.

Ukraine has acted to bring in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to protect the facility, which is located on the territory of Crimea, says acting deputy head of the presidential administration Andriy Senchenko.

The Crimea facility is an institution of training for the nuclear industry, and there is a research nuclear reactor in operation there, which is registered in Ukraine and was guarded by a special unit of the Interior Troops. Using brutal power this property was seized. Senchenko called it “a global scale emergency event” on the program “Freedom of Speech” on Ukraine’s ICTV channel on Monday evening.

Senchenko added that the Ukrainian authorities have to involve the IAEA inspectors “and put the question to take under IAEA protection this object, because Ukraine is responsible for it, but cannot do it (effectively) in the occupied territory.”

The University consists a number of research laboratories, among which are an educational and scientific center, including a research reactor IR-100.

An article in Ukrainian on the seizure is available here.

Michael Mariotte

April 8, 2014


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