US to Arm Kyiv with Depleted Uranium Tank Shells
#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-09-07 04:10 PM
Actually that's irrelevant to the health risk DU poses.
War is usually a significant "health risk."
NATO CONFIRMS TO UNITED NATIONS USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM DURING KOSOVO CONFLICT
"About 31,000 DU rounds were fired on 85 targets during Operation Allied Force in Kosovo 1998-1999."
British armed forces have used DU in their armor piercing shells for decades. "It is a standard component and has nothing to do with nuclear weapons or capabilities. Russia knows this, but is deliberately trying to disinform. There is no nuclear escalation," British foreign secretary James Cleverly said.
"Since 1982, Russia has used several types of DU tank rounds, including variants of the "Svinets" ("Lead") rounds," said William Alberque of the IISS think tank. Russian state media has previously publicized the upgrading of Russian main battle tanks, including the T-80BV, T-72 and T-90 tanks, to be capable of firing DU rounds. One Russian spokesman told TASS in 2018 that the use of DU munitions did not violate any international agreements.
On the other hand, Russia has been using Thermobaric TOS-1A MBRLs "Solntsepek" ("Blazing Sun"/"Sunburn") to deploy "vacuum projectiles" in Ukraine since February 28, 2022 - they create "incendiary and blast effects" and can destroy infrastructure and cause significant damage to internal organs and flash burns, resulting in painful death.
Ukraine, in turn, has used captured TOS-1As launchers against Russian troops.
"Studies on mice introduced DU directly in the bloodstream in vivo. Because the radiation cannot go to the marrow, it is biologically impossible for depleted uranium to cause leukemia."
"Irradiation of bone marrow by uranium's alpha particles would be almost impossible, unless entered into body through embedded fragments or contaminated wounds."
"Some Gulf War, Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) Veterans may have been exposed to DU when they were on, in, or near vehicles hit with friendly fire..."
It's a stupid article for stupid people ignorant of realities...
Yep. Most of anything in print or TV that deals with "radioactive" or anything else that's "dangerous" is - e.g., recent Fukushima water story.