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Zelenksyy signs law to confiscate Russia-owned property

Kiev/Moscow, Mar 10 (UNI/Xinhua): Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed a law to allow the confiscation of Russia-owned property in Ukraine, the press service of Ukraine’s parliament said on Thursday.

The law stipulates that the property owned by Russia or Russian citizens could be confiscated by the Ukrainian authorities without any compensation. The legislation was approved by the Ukrainian parliament on March 3.

Russia launched a special military operation against Ukraine on February 24. Delegations of the two sides have held three rounds of talks in Belarus and the two countries’ foreign ministers have met in Turkey to seek a solution to the crisis, though the negotiations ended without a significant breakthrough.

Neutron source facility shut down
In another report, the Ukrainian State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate said on the Neutron Source subcritical nuclear facility at the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology was not operating because it had been switched by experts to the so-called long-term shutdown mode.
“As of March 10, 2022, the situation at the nuclear subcritical facility Neutron Source Based on the Subcritical Assembly Driven by a Linear Electron Accelerator (Neutron Source) remains unchanged: the nuclear facility has been transferred to a deep subcritical state (‘long shutdown’ mode),” the inspectorate said.
The nuclear subcritical facility Neutron was built to obtain neutrons and use them in fundamental and applied research. The installation is a completely new type of safe nuclear installation, in which the intensity of the nuclear fission reaction of the uranium-235 isotope in the core is controlled by an electron accelerator.
The main advantage of the facility is related to its safety – under normal operation conditions, it is always in the so-called subcritical mode, and in the event of an emergency, it is enough to stop feeding the electron beam to the target, and the neutron flux disappears almost instantly. It is impossible for a nuclear chain reaction to take place in this facility.

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