“There is no need to act proactively here,” Putin specified in a meeting with war correspondents. At the same time, he added that if kyiv uses depleted uranium shells, the Russian Federation reserves the right to use these ammunition as well. “We have them in stock, we don’t just use them,” stressed the head of state.
According to the president, there is nothing good in the use of this type of projectile, “but, if necessary, we are in a position to do so.”
He also expressed the view that the supply of uranium-cored shells from the United States is the easiest way to keep up with deliveries to the Kiev regime. They are supplied to kyiv in connection with a shortage of other ammunition, which is no longer in warehouses, Putin explained.
It was previously reported that the White House, following the UK, will approve the supply of depleted uranium shells to Ukraine.
Depleted uranium is a toxic heavy metal, however it is 60% less toxic and radioactive than normal uranium. The substance remains after isotopes with higher radioactivity are taken to the production of fuel or nuclear weapons. It is used as ballast in aviation and shipping, in the production of armor-piercing ammunition, and to increase the strength of military equipment.