Russia has expressed anger at British plans to supply more powerful depleted uranium ammunition to beleaguered Ukraine. “I would like to note that if all of this happens, Russia will be forced to respond accordingly,” Putin said Tuesday after a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Moscow. Also Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu threatened: “Of course Russia has an answer ready.”
Uranium is a radioactive metal. Due to its higher density than steel or lead, depleted uranium has a higher penetrating power. The projectiles were used in the wars in Iraq, Serbia and Kosovo, for example. According to a 2010 opinion of the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER). “No evidence of environmental or health risks from depleted uranium: The radiation exposure from depleted uranium is very low compared to the naturally occurring radiation.” From the Iraq, however, there were also media reports about deformities, which have been traced back to ammunition previously used in the war. According to experts, Russia also has uranium ammunition.
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