Russia today accused Britain of fomenting “genocide” by supplying depleted uranium tank shells to Ukraine.
Moscow escalated its attack on London after Vladimir Putin said he would “have to respond appropriately because the collective West will use weapons with a nuclear component”.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense accused the Russians of “deliberately attempting to mislead” about a “standard component unrelated to nuclear weapons or capabilities”.
The Ministry of Defense added that “Russia knows this, but it is deliberately trying to mislead information.”
Depleted uranium ammunition – which Britain supplies to Kiev with Challenger 2 combat tanks – It can cause serious radioactive harm if it enters the body and has been linked to increased incidences of cancer and other diseases in war zones.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded to the UK saying: “The use of ammunition with depleted uranium is a manifestation of the genocide of the population against whom it is used and the people who use it.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded to the UK today
Moscow escalated its attack on London after Vladimir Putin said yesterday that he “will have to respond appropriately because the collective West will use weapons with a nuclear component.”
Zakharova claimed that it would cause radioactive damage to “every person” who lives in the place where depleted uranium tank shells are fired.
“They get it, and it’s not a one-time problem…they’ll live with it forever.”
It claimed that this was a “scientifically proven fact” based on its use in the former Yugoslavia.
“This is another British provocation, which aims to bring the situation throughout Ukraine into a new round of aggression, conflict and confrontation, to give a qualitatively different dimension,” Zakharova said.
Its head, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, warned earlier: “I am not surprised by anything because of this [the British] They have already lost their bearings regarding the business that blows up strategic stability all over the world.
And he added: “The Anglo-Saxons, who are dragging the rest with them into the collective West … want to maintain their dominance with all their might.
If this is true, they are willing not only to take risks but also to violate international humanitarian law, as they did in 1999 in Yugoslavia and many other things… including war crimes and crimes against humanity.
They have taken over this organization called the International Criminal Court [and use it] To blow up all imaginable rules of international law.
“If it really happened, there is no doubt that it would end badly for them.”
“I am not surprised by anything because [the British] They have already lost their bearings regarding the business that explodes strategic stability around the world.
Sergei Shoigu (pictured with Putin) warned yesterday that the world is only ‘steps’ away from a nuclear catastrophe
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said that Putin was framing “the provision of depleted uranium munitions to Ukraine as a significant escalation in order to advance information operations intended to deter Western security assistance to Ukraine”.
The US-based think tank said Russia was looking to “hold the West responsible for the negotiations”.
The ISW stressed that “such munitions cannot be used to produce nuclear or radiological weapons” because the missiles do not contain “any fissile or radioactive material”.
Despite this, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) still condemns the British decision to supply depleted uranium tank shells to Kiev. The group said it presented “an additional environmental and health catastrophe for those living through the conflict” because of the potential for inhalation of radioactive dust after the impact of the shell.
“CND has repeatedly called on the UK government to immediately ban the use of depleted uranium weapons and fund long-term studies into their health and environmental impacts,” said the group’s general secretary, Kate Hudson.
Britain supplies Kiev with Challenger 2 tanks and depleted uranium shells. Pictured: Ukrainian recruits undergo tank training with the British armed forces in southern England in February
Speaking after his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured together), Putin said the move heralded a shift by the West to supplying Kiev with weapons containing nuclear components, adding that Moscow would retaliate if the UK went ahead with delivery of next-generation tanks.
This came after a chilling message from Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu yesterday, in which he warned the world of mere “steps” away from a nuclear catastrophe, after anger over the UK’s decision to send depleted uranium tanks.
“One more step has been taken, there are fewer and fewer left,” Shoigu said. When asked if this meant the world was closer to a nuclear collision, he replied: “It was no accident that I told you the steps. There are fewer and fewer.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, jammed yesterday, worried about the UK’s decision to send machinery and ammunition to Kiev.
After meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday, Putin said Russia ‘will have to retaliate’ if the UK goes ahead with the delivery of 14 next-generation battle tanks.
“The UK announced the supply of not only tanks to Ukraine, but also depleted uranium shells,” said the tyrant.
If this happens, Russia will be forced to respond accordingly, given that the West has already massively begun to use weapons with a nuclear component. It seems that the West already intends to fight Russia to the last Ukraine.
Russia also issued a joint statement with China yesterday, following meetings between leaders and officials in the Kremlin. Despite the raging war in Ukraine according to Putin, the Russian president, along with Xi, allegedly “calls for an end to all steps that contribute to escalating tensions and prolonging hostilities”.
The joint statement said they wanted to “avoid further deterioration of the crisis to the point where it could move into an uncontrollable phase”.
What are depleted uranium tank shells?
Depleted uranium is used in ammunition such as tank shells because it has the ability to penetrate thick layers of armor.
Because they contain radioactive materials, the weapon is much more massive, which provides greater effectiveness in penetrating heavy machinery than regular tank shells.
when fired. The hacker pushes forward and the clog is dumped into the air. A depleted uranium shell can punch through heavy armour. The enemy tank’s paint was smashed and the hot fragments of the armor splattered, intent on killing those inside.
As the British Ministry of Defense has said, depleted uranium shells have nothing to do with nuclear weapons or capabilities – rather, they are a by-product of the nuclear enrichment process used to make nuclear fuel or nuclear weapons. About 60 percent of the radioactive material is natural uranium.
But depleted uranium can still cause serious radiological damage if it enters a body. It is associated with increased incidence of cancer, increased rates of birth defects in war zones, and other diseases. If it enters the body – for example through shrapnel or dust inhalation – it can reach the lungs and vital organs.
Despite this, many countries have stockpiles of depleted uranium ammunition including Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
The depleted uranium is housed within a steel armored casing and topped with an aluminum dome. The penetrating part of the projectile is made of depleted uranium to penetrate thick armor.
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