US Air Force National Guard Master Sgt. Derin Creek and Staff Sgt. Cody Bialcak, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians remove over 500 depleted uranium rounds on June 23, 2022 at Tooele Army Depot, Utah. (US Air National Guard/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Perez)
The US has announced it will send controversial weapons to Ukraine as part of more than $1bn (£800m) in military and humanitarian aid.
Russia condemned the move to equip US Abrams tanks with shells strong enough to pierce conventional tank armour.
They are made of depleted uranium – a by-product of uranium enrichment stripped of most radioactive material.
Overnight, suspected Ukrainian drone attacks were reported on the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don and near Moscow.
Unconfirmed video showed what appeared to be a blast in central Rostov where, according to Governor Vasily Golubev, one person was lightly injured and several cars were damaged.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said a drone that targeted the town of Ramenskoye had also been shot down and no damage reported.
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Update #1: US to send depleted uranium rounds to Ukraine (Defense News)
Update #2: U.S. announces it’s sending controversial depleted-uranium rounds to Ukraine (Politico)
Update #3: US to send Ukraine depleted uranium rounds for M1 Abrams tanks (Breaking Defense)
WNU Editor: It is very telling that when this ammunition needs to be moved, protective equipment is required (see photo above).
Russia has responded …. Kremlin Slams U.S. Supply of Depleted Uranium Rounds to Kyiv (AFP). More here …. Russia says US supply of depleted uranium weapons to Ukraine is ‘criminal’ (Reuters), and here …. Kremlin: US answerable for health risk from giving Kyiv depleted uranium shells (CNA).