What is depleted uranium, the new donation from the United Kingdom to Ukraine that aroused the anger of Russia

Ukraine’s President Volodimir Zelensky and Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hold a news conference at a military camp, in Britain’s Dorset county, February 8, 2023. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool/ File (PETER NICHOLLS/)

He british ministry of defense has accused on Tuesday Russia of “misinform” for saying that the depleted uranium ammunition to be sent to Ukraine together with a squadron of tanks has a “nuclear component”.

A spokesman for this ministry has pointed out that “the British Army has used depleted uranium in its armor-piercing projectiles for decades” and points out that “It is a standard component and has nothing to do with weapons or nuclear capabilities”.

“Russia knows this, but is deliberately trying to misinform,” the source said.

The British Ministry has confirmed that, along with a squadron of tanks challenger 2will provide Ukraine with “ammunition, including armor-piercing shells containing depleted uranium.”

Ukrainian personnel pose with a flag atop a Challenger 2 tank during training at Bovington Camp, near Wool, in southwestern Britain, February 22, 2023. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File
Ukrainian personnel pose with a flag atop a Challenger 2 tank during training at Bovington Camp, near Wool, in southwestern Britain, February 22, 2023. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File (TOBY MELVILLE/)

These projectiles “are very effective in defeating tanks and other modern armored vehicles”, explained the source.

The spokesman added that several scientific studies have considered that “any impact on personal health and the environment from the use of depleted uranium munitions would likely be low”.

Speaking to the BBCa former British Army tank commander and chemical weapons expert, Colonel Hamish of Breton-Gordonensures that those bullets used by the Challenger 2 contain only “traces” of depleted uranium.

This soldier considered “laughable” suggest that they are somehow linked to nuclear weapons, which use enriched uranium.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with United Russia party faction chief and State Duma security committee member Vladimir Vasiliev at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 22, 2023. Sputnik/ Gavriil Grigorov/Pool via REUTERS
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with United Russia party faction chief and State Duma security committee member Vladimir Vasiliev at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 22, 2023. Sputnik/ Gavriil Grigorov/Pool via REUTERS (SPUTNIK/)

According to information from the BBC, depleted uranium is what remains after enriching natural uranium, either to make weapons or for jet fuel. It is a very heavy substance. 1.7 times denser than leadand is used to harden bullets so they can penetrate armor and steel.

The Russian President, Vladimir Putinwarned yesterday that Russia will respond to the eventual shipment to Ukraine by London of projectiles with depleted uranium.

“I would like to emphasize in this regard, that if this happens, Russia will be forced to reactin view of the fact that the West will have begun to use weapons with nuclear components,” he warned, after meeting in Moscow with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

(With information from EFE)

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Source-www.infobae.com