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Ukraine to develop Chernobyl exclusion zone as massive solar park 08 December 2017

The first solar project at Chernobyl is expected to be commissioned this month, an initial move in ambitious plans by the developers to invest €100 million ($119 million) in solar energy-gathering infrastructure in the radioactive exclusion zone, abandoned since the meltdown of the No.4 reactor at the Ukrainian nuclear power station in 1986....

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Russian future combat suit accessories now include nuclear explosion-resistant wristwatch 19 October 2017

Back in June, a division of the Russian state corporation Rostec introduced its ‘Ratnik’ future combat suit complete with armoured digital helmet with information screen and face protection mask, bulletproof neck protector, light titanium exoskeleton, flexible body armour and protective footgear. In October it also introduced a mechanical watch designed to withstand the electronic pulses of a nuclear blast....

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Ukraine ammunition depot explosions cause mass evacuation 29 September 2017

A large fire at an ammunition depot in central Ukraine triggered a series of massive explosions on September 27, prompting the evacuation of about 30,000 people. The depot is situated near the town of Kalynivka in Vynnytsya Oblast, 200 km south west of the capital, Kiev. During the night, a military base near the ammunition dump caught fire, causing officials to shut off the facility’s electricity and gas supply....

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At least three killed in explosion at gas processing plant in Uzbekistan 22 September 2017

At least three people were killed and another was hospitalizsed due to gas poisoning after a blast in the Mubarek gas processing plant in Kashkadarya region, Uzbekistan, on September 20, according to Local sources said those killed and wounded are employees of the plant, who were conducting installation and repair work in the department where the explosion occurred. ...

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Putin pardons imprisoned director of Russian mine where 110 were killed in 2007 mine disaster 24 August 2017

In mid-August, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to pardon the former director of the Ulyanovskaya coal mine, who was sentenced to six years in prison in 2015 by the Novokuznetsk District Court for violating security rules in explosive areas. Several others were also sentenced to terms of imprisonment following the 2007 incident, the worst mining disaster in Russia for at least 50 years....

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16 miners missing after flood in Siberian diamond mine 04 August 2017

Rescue teams are searching for 16 workers missing in the Mir diamond mine in eastern Siberia after water flooded the shaft on August 4. The Russian state-owned operator, Alrosa, said 102 miners had been brought to the surface and another 33 miners had been located in the mine and were being evacuated. There were 151 workers underground when the accident happened....

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News Extra: Nuclear plants in Ukraine and USA hit by cyberattacks 01 August 2017

Monitoring systems at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine were taken down by the worldwide cyber attack in late June dubbed ‘Petya’. Systems usually used to monitor the area around the power station for radioactivity following the nuclear meltdown there in 1986 were not working, the Ukrainian authorities said, and the area was monitored manually until automated systems were restored a few days later. ...

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Top Russian scientist says gas pipelines supplying Europe in danger from exploding tundra 11 July 2017

Russia's leading expert on the release of methane by melting permafrost, Professor Vasily Bogoyavlensky of the Oil and Gas Research Institute in Moscow, has said energy infrastructure in polar regions is now under direct threat from the process. He said pipes built over unstable Arctic ice plugs were being deformed and could be hit by explosions when the methane reaches the surface....

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Explosion at Russian nickel mine kills four 10 July 2017

Four miners were killed in an explosion at the Zapolyarny Mine, part of the Polar Division of Norilsk Nickel. The accident happened during drifting activities carried out by Polar Construction Company, a contractor of Nornickel. The company blamed a build-up of methane, which ignited in the shaft. ...

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Ukraine ammunition storage facility fire causes evacuation of 20,000 24 March 2017

Around 20,000 people have been evacuated from the area around the Balakliia ammunition storage facility in the eastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine after it caught fire on the morning of March 23. Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak accused the Russian military or its separatist rebel proxies of setting off the fire, possibly via a drone attack....

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