The Radioactive Legacy of Depleted Uranium Ammunition Comes to Ukraine

The United Kingdom is sending Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine equipped with armor piercing depleted uranium rounds. Countries like the U.S., U.K., and Russia manufacture ammunition using depleted uranium because the metal is heavy and dense, making it ideal to break apart enemy armor. But it’s a highly controversial weapon because it’s radioactive and toxic, and various groups have argued that its use by the U.S. in Iraq resulted in persistent health problems for residents that led to Fallujah being dubbed “the Iraqi Hiroshima.”

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Source: VICE