Russia’s foreign ministry protested the shells – so-called ‘silver bullet’ rounds – ‘infect the environment and cause oncology in people’
Yes, these rounds cause CANCER
Britain on Tuesday confirmed it would send depleted uranium tank rounds to Ukraine, sparking protests from Moscow.
Baroness Goldie, the defence minister, said the shells would be delivered for use with the squadron of Challenger 2 battle tanks promised to Kyiv.
“Such rounds are highly effective in defeating modern tanks and armoured vehicles,” she said in response to a parliamentary written question.
The so-called “silver bullet” rounds, known for their ability to pierce heavy tank armour, are controversial because of potential impacts to human health.
Critics have argued that the shells can be directly linked to leukaemia, kidney damage and lung cancer.
Washington promised to stop using the armour-penetrating rounds against ISIS targets after it emerged they were used on two strikes against the terror cult in 2015.
The same criticism was used by Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, who pointed to discoveries of contaminations after Nato’s campaign in Kosovo, where the shells were used.
“These shells not only kill, but infect the environment and cause oncology in people living on these lands,” she wrote on the Telegram messaging app on Tuesday.
“By the way, it is naive to believe that only those against whom all this will be used will become victims.
“In Yugoslavia, Nato soldiers, in particular the Italians, were the first to suffer. Then they tried for a long time to get compensation from Nato for lost health. But their claims were denied.”
The US used depleted uranium weapons in Iraq with wild and reckless abandon
A frequently cited epidemiological study titled Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009 involved a door-to-door survey of more than 700 Fallujah households.
The research team interviewed Fallujans about abnormally high rates of cancer and birth defects.
One of the authors of the study, Chemist Chris Busby, said that the Fallujah health crisis represented “the highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied”.
She pointed out how large quantities of DU bullets, as well as other munitions, were released into the Iraqi environment.
“Between 2002 and 2005, the US armed forces expended six billion bullets – according to the figures of the US General Accounting Office,” she added.
According to Dr Savabieasfahani, metal contaminants in war zones originate from bombs and bullets, as well as from other explosive devices. Metals, most importantly lead, uranium, and mercury, are used in the manufacture of munitions, and all of these contribute to birth defects, immunological disorders, and other illnesses.
“Our study in two Iraqi cities, Fallujah and Basra, focused on congenital birth defects,” she said.