As president of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, I call on researchers around the world to bear witness to the tragedy occurring in my country.
Ukraine has a highly developed scientific and industrial complex and significant research potential. It has industries based around nuclear energy, mechanical engineering, aviation and space industries.
The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine comprises more than 150 research institutions — known for their strengths in physics, material sciences and computing, among others. Many of these institutions are under military attack.
Along with killing Ukrainians, the barbarous Russian invasion aims to destroy infrastructure — both industrial and scientific. One unit seriously at risk is the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology’s flagship nuclear facility, which is used for nuclear-physics and materials-science research and to create medical isotopes.
All of the academy’s institutions are currently still managing to work online. However, the continual explosions and howl of air-raid sirens are making it increasingly difficult for many scientists to carry on with their research.
Ukraine now needs widespread support and massive practical help to end the bloodshed swiftly, to offer safety for our citizens and to rebuild.