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Russians Shell Rosatom-Owned Manufacturing Plant

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Russian forces shelled a major Rosatom-owned manufacturing plant in Ukraine this week amidst intense fighting in the north of the bitterly contested Donetsk region, according to the plant operators. "This morning another arrival at the factory that belongs to Rosatom," Maxim Yefimov, the president of Energomashspetsstal, said in a May 6 Facebook post with pictures of the company's devastated steel smelting workshop after a missile strike. "It's on fire... well done, you did it. Just in what the f... is the logic?" Energomashspetsstal, a subsidiary of Rosatom heavy manufacturing division Atomenergomash, is contracted to supply key equipment to Rosatom reactor export projects in China (Xudapu), India (Kudankulam), Turkey (Akkuyu), Egypt (El-Dabaa) and Finland, though in the latter case the primary contract for a VVER-1200 at Hanhikivi-1 was canceled this week. Yefimov's angry post came only weeks after he posted on Apr. 14 about another Russian rocket destroying a separate workshop "technologically important for making orders." At that time he couldn't specify the number of victims or quantify the destruction, but he added that there "were no military there. Destroying the industrialization of Ukraine." It's not clear if Energomashspetsstal will be able to rebuild the plant and what impact its apparent destruction will have on those various newbuilds.

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