Alex Kokcharov on Twitter: “This was reportedly filmed on 10 April in #Luhansk, east #Ukraine, controlled by LPR, the #Russia|n proxies in the Donbas conflict zone: https://t.co/L1XsveVLnx” / Twitter

Alex Kokcharov on Twitter: “This was reportedly filmed on 10 April in #Luhansk, east #Ukraine, controlled by LPR, the #Russia|n proxies in the Donbas conflict zone: https://t.co/L1XsveVLnx” / Twitter
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Opinion | Putin again threatens war with Ukraine. The West must be ready to respond. – The Washington Post

The recent diplomatic flurry may not deter the Russian president.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/putin-again-threatens-war-with-ukraine-the-west-must-be-ready-to-respond/2021/04/08/7f292d8e-96f4-11eb-b28d-bfa7bb5cb2a5_story.html

Documents of the first astronauts of the USSR appear

Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense / RT. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space, The Russian Ministry of Defense
— Read on www.smallcapnews.co.uk/documents-of-the-first-astronauts-of-the-ussr-appear/

The Day Soviet Aircraft Attacked American Pilots | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian Magazine

Seventy years ago, the Korean War changed the day American pilots had to face the Soviet’s MiG-15; one is held by the National Air and Space Museum
— Read on www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seventy-years-ago-soviet-mig-15s-attacked-american-pilots-180977440/

Possessions of designer Korolev handed over to Kazan Museum of Soviet Life — RealnoeVremya.com

Possessions of designer Sergey Korolev handed over to Kazan Museum of Soviet Life
— Read on m.realnoevremya.com/articles/5397-possessions-of-designer-korolev-handed-over-to-kazan-museum-of-soviet-life

The Soviet Union Leaps Forward: The 60th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s Space Flight | Wilson Center

The Soviet Union Leaps Forward: The 60th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s Space Flight | Wilson Center
— Read on www.wilsoncenter.org/event/soviet-union-leaps-forward-60th-anniversary-yuri-gagarins-space-flight

Why Stalin’s Dreamed Russian Battleship Fleet Is Dead in the Water | The National Interest

By mid-1945 it was clear to Stalin that with Germany gone, his most powerful rivals—the United States and United Kingdom—lay across the water and out of his armies’ reach.
— Read on nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-stalin’s-dreamed-russian-battleship-fleet-dead-water-181905

Nuclear icebreaker Lenin – Bellona

The world’s first nuclear icebreaker Lenin was in operation from 1959 until 1989. During that time, there have been two seriuos accidents onboard.

Bellona, 20/06-2003

The first nuclear propulsion unit (OK-150) on Lenin had three identical pressurised water reactors (PWR) with a maximum heat output of 90 MWt. The shaft power was 44 ,000 horsepower. Enriched uranium was used as fuel (the content of U-235 was equivalent 85 kg), and distillate water was used as a moderator and for heat transfer.The reactor core was 1.6 meters high and measured one meter in diameter.The core consisted of 7,704 fuel pins in 219 fuel assemblies.

There have been two accidents onboard the nuclear powered icebreaker Lenin. The first took place in February 1965, when Lenin was undergoing repairs and refuelling. The vessel sustained severe mechanical damages to the fuel assemblies, some of which were broken in two pieces, and were detected during the unloading of fuel from reactor number two. About 95 spent nuclear fuel assemblies were transferred to the nuclear service ship Lepse and unloading was halted after that.

After investigations as to why the spent nuclear fuel assemblies were deformed, it was established that the nuclear reactor operators had made an error that left the reactor core without cooling water. The partial deformation of the fuel assemblies had occurred due to overheating of the reactor core. About 60% of the assemblies were damaged.

The decision was made to unload the remaining 124 spent nuclear fuel assemblies together with the neutron absorbing rods and control grid.

A special cask was built onshore to implement this operation. A part of the reactor containing spent nuclear fuel (SNF) was placed into the cask and filled with furfurolbased solidifying matter. This cask was then stored for two years. In 1967, it was reloaded onto a pontoon, towed by a tug to the eastern coast of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago and dumped in Tsivolki Bay.

The second accident aboard the Lenin took place in 1967, when the pipe system of the third circuit sprung a leak following the loading of fresh nuclear fuel. In this instance it was necessary to open the biological shield of the reactor compartment in order to locate the leakage. This protection was made of concrete mixed with metal shavings and it required the use of sledgehammers to break through the shield.This led to further damage of the reactor installation. Upon later examination, it became clear that it would be impossible to repair the damage incurred to the reactor installation by the sledghammers.

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