Despite some reservations from authorities, the U.S. is likely to deploy depleted uranium shells to Ukraine along with the dozens of tanks the nation will get later this year.
The U.S. military frequently uses the cutting-edge shells for anti-armor employment because they have unequalled penetrating strength. Although some members of the government have expressed concerns about the shells’ potential impacts on human health and the environment, the Defence Department under President Biden has vigorously advocated for sending them to Ukraine with American tanks, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Although depleted uranium shells are not radioactive, if shrapnel becomes lodged in the body, there may be some aftereffects. The U.K.’s delivery of the same shells has also been used by Russia to charge Western nations with providing Ukraine with “weapons with a nuclear component.”
Former Army artillery officer Scott Boston told WSJ that “the projectile hits like a goods train.” It is extremely lengthy and dense. As a result, it concentrates a lot of kinetic energy on a single spot on an enemy’s armour array.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, travels to a flooded area this month as a result of the Nova Kakhovka dam failure. (Reuters/Stringer)
The gains made by Ukraine, which have not been verified, were not affirmed by Russian officials. Small territorial advances only served to highlight how difficult the war will be for Ukrainian forces, who will have to fight to retake the nearly one-fifth of their country that is currently under Russian occupation.