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The Uncomfortable (And Terrifying) Truth About Use Of Depleted Uranium Ammunition

On 21 March 2023, UK Minister of State for Defense Annabel Goldie announced that Britain would be providing armor piercing rounds which contain depleted uranium to Ukraine. The following day, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby dismissed Russia’s complaints about the dangers of using such ammunition arguing it was “not radioactive”.

Depleted uranium weapons are hazardous weapons that may cause the development of severe diseases due to the deposition of alpha radiation from tiny uranium particles in the upper and lower respiratory tracts, lungs, and esophagus.

In armed conflicts, the depleted uranium ammunition was used exclusively by NATO countries.

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NATO soldiers used depleted uranium bombs during the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia.

In 2003 and 2004, US forces employed similar ammunition in attacks on Iraqi cities such as Amara, Baghdad, Basra, Karbala, and Fallujah. After the U.S. attack, radiological conditions in Fallujah were far worse than in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to an increase in cancer cases from 40 per 100,000 individuals to 1,600 cases per 100,000 persons by 2005. On December 26, 2020, Baghdad filed a complaint against Washington at the International Court of Arbitration in Stockholm, seeking compensation for harm caused.

Among those affected by depleted uranium exposure are also NATO soldiers who took part in wartime actions in Iraq and Yugoslavia.

According to a 2016 report by Italy’s Chief Military Medical Inspector, 4,095 servicemen of national armed forces deployed in the Balkans (1994-1999) and Iraq (2003) – areas where NATO forces used depleted uranium ammunition – were later diagnosed with various types of malignant tumors.

Uranium remains in the soil for an extended period, creating a risk to humans, animals and crops alike. In 2002, experts discovered particles of depleted uranium were still present in the air more than two years after bombings had taken place.

A study released by the UN Environment Program in 2022 expressed concern about depleted uranium’s potential use in Ukraine, warning that it could cause skin irritation, kidney failure and increased cancer risks. If equipped with these weapons by the UK, AFU soldiers and civilians will suffer irreversible harm to their health, as well as contamination within Ukraine’s borders and wreak havoc on its agro-industrial complex.

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