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Russia denounces U.S. plan to send arms with depleted uranium to Ukraine

Russia denounces U.S. plan to send arms with depleted uranium to Ukraine
More than a thousand missiles and rockets fired by Russian forces and collected by the Kharkiv prosecutors office, and to be included in future war crimes investigations, at a cataloguing depot on 18 December 2022 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. (Photo: Chris McGrath / Getty Images)

Sept 6 (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday announced a new security assistance package worth up to $175 million for Ukraine, including depleted uranium ammunition for Abrams tanks, the first time the U.S. is sending the controversial armor-piercing munitions to Kyiv.

Reuters was first to report last week that the rounds, which could help destroy Russian tanks, would form part of a new military aid package for Ukraine, which Russian forces invaded in February 2022.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon said the military aid would also include anti-armor systems, tactical air navigation systems and additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

The announcement coincides with top U.S. diplomat Antony Blinken’s visit to Kyiv in a gesture of support as a Ukraine counteroffensive against occupying Russian troops grinds into its fourth month with only small gains.

The $175 million was part of a total of more than $1 billion in assistance that Blinken announced in the Ukrainian capital.

It also included over $665 million in new military and civilian security assistance and millions of dollars in support for Ukraine’s air defenses and other areas.

Although Britain sent depleted uranium munitions to Ukraine earlier this year, this would be the first U.S. shipment of the ammunition and will likely stir controversy.

The Russian embassy in Washington denounced the decision as “an indicator of inhumanity”, adding that “the United States is deluding itself by refusing to accept the failure of the Ukrainian military’s so-called counteroffensive.”

Blinken on Wednesday hailed progress in the pushback and said of the fresh U.S. package of support: “This new assistance will help sustain it and build further momentum.”

Washington previously announced it would send cluster munitions to Ukraine, despite concerns over the dangers such weapons pose to civilians.

The use of depleted uranium munitions has been fiercely debated, with opponents like the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons saying there are dangerous health risks from ingesting or inhaling depleted uranium dust, including cancers and birth defects.

 

(Reporting by Costas Pitas and Mike Stone; additional reporting by Kanishka Singh and Ronald Popeski; editing by Rami Ayyub, Eric Beech and Grant McCool)

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  • Allrite Jack says:

    Here you go again Maverick. The Bucha massacre was a proven Ukraine false flag. Read up on it from the informed people I gave you. Martin Armstrong, Colonel Douglas MacGregor, Scott Ritter & others.

  • Vas K says:

    As much as I have only contempt for the current useless government of ours, I am more and more convinced that our official policy of neutrality in this tragic war is the correct one. Either side you support you become a moral loser. It’s difficult to imagine that there can still be many thinking people believing that this is not a war between USA (calling themselves NATO) and Russia. Russia obviously miscalculated and took a bait of US provocations. But when you ask the mother of all questions – who benefits? – the answer is not Russia, not Ukraine, not Europe, in fact nobody except USA. The US military-industrial complex specifically. It and the puppets in the US establishment must be celebrating a big boom curtesy of US taxpayers. Tragically the Ukrainian people are used as a fodder in this global conflict.
    Coming back to neutrality, anyone supporting either side will only support further escalation of the conflict. Only barbaric nations would start using cluster ammunition bombs and depleted uranium rounds. The next obvious step will be chemical weapons and ultimately nuclear weapons if things get totally out of hand. It’s incredible that nobody seems to worry about that much.
    To conclude, I say that by staying neutral we hold the high moral ground. Numerous countries stayed neutral during the WWII and they were not pariahs. By staying neutral we don’t have to choose between two devils. Just a reminder: if you don’t support someone does not mean you are against him.

    • Terence Dowdall says:

      Goodness. Russia “miscalculated and took the bait of US provocations”? So Ukraine is not really a nation, and it has no right to expect the protection against attack that was explicitly underwritten by Russia at the time that it gave up its nuclear arsenal? And the United States “provoked” Russia – by what exactly? Installing the Nazi puppet Zelensky against the will of the Ukranian people, who long for the benign rule by Mother Russia again? Provoking the Ukrainian people to fight back when invaded, rather than just submitting like they’re supposed to? Providing the vulgar degenerate example of Western Democracy so that the mindless people of Ukraine would be swayed away from the much more desirable and ethical rule of the Kremlin? Allowing the foolish countries that escaped Soviet rule, like East Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, etc, to prosper and be happier, so that this would confuse Ukranians? I guess on this logic, America shouldn’t have entered the 2nd World War in support of Britain which was under a very similar attack by Nazi forces. “By staying neutral, they would have held the high moral ground.” Goebbels certainly would have endorsed that sentiment. The only omission is that the Rothchilds and the Illuminati haven’t been revealed as the ultimate movers behind the “puppets in the US Establishment”. I’m wondering if there’s a bloke in a certain Embassy who writes this stuff?

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