The US will transfer ammunition with depleted uranium to Ukraine: Russia said it was 'inhumane'
On September 6, the Pentagon announced a new package of assistance to Ukraine for its security worth up to $175 million. In particular, it includes depleted uranium ammunition for Abrams tanks. This is the first time the US has sent controversial armor-piercing ammunition to Kyiv. The publication spoke about this in more detail. to Reuters.
The publication previously reported that ammunition capable of destroying Russian tanks would become part of a new package of military assistance to Ukraine, whose territory Russian troops invaded in February 2022.
The Pentagon said the military assistance would include, among other things, anti-tank systems, tactical air navigation systems and additional munitions for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).
The announcement coincided with a visit to Kyiv by senior US diplomat Antony Blinken in a show of support.
The $175 million sum was part of an overall aid package of more than $1 billion that Blinken announced in the Ukrainian capital.
It included, among other things, more than $665 million in new military and civilian security assistance, as well as millions of dollars to support Ukrainian air defenses.
While the UK has already sent depleted uranium munitions to Ukraine this year, this will be the US's first delivery of such munitions and is likely to cause controversy.
The Russian embassy in Washington condemned the decision as “an indicator of inhumanity,” noting that “the United States, by refusing to acknowledge the failure of the so-called counter-offensive of the Ukrainian military, is deluding itself.”
Blinken hailed the progress made in the counteroffensive and said of the new package of U.S. support: “This new assistance will help sustain it and provide further impetus.”
Washington previously announced its intention to send cluster munitions to Ukraine despite concerns that such weapons pose a threat to civilians.
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The use of depleted uranium munitions is highly controversial, with opponents such as the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons arguing that consuming or inhaling depleted uranium dust poses dangerous health effects, including cancer and birth defects.
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