USA. The White House on Depleted Uranium Munitions. A response to Russia’s fears and accusations

Munitions containing depleted uranium have been used quite widely for decades. If Russia is concerned about its tanks, it should withdraw them from Ukraine, said National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby. In this way, he commented on Russia’s warnings about the potential supply of such tank ammunition to Ukraine by Great Britain.

At a White House press briefing on Wednesday, National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said he would not speak for the UK on munitions supplies, but that Russian objections to the issue are an overblown problem and “another muck the Russians want to outbid.” a stake.”

– This type of ammunition is quite common, used for decades. I think Russia just doesn’t want Ukraine to keep destroying its tanks,” the official said. – And if this is indeed the fear, the Russians can simply take the tanks from Ukraine, because they do not belong there anyway. That is my recommendation in this matter, he added.

Kirby noted that the US has not provided Ukraine with any depleted uranium munitions. As he noted, studies have shown that it does not carry a radioactive threat and there is no way that it could be treated as a nuclear weapon. Its advantage, however, is its greater armor-piercing ability.

Ukrainian soldiers in the Donetsk region [luty 2023]PAP/Leszek Szymanski

Kirby’s words came in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin saying on Wednesday that Britain’s supply of depleted uranium munitions “escalates the nuclear threat.”

The spokesman for the National Security Council also compared Putin’s recent visit to Mariupol with President Zelensky’s Wednesday visit to Bakhmut. “There are the fiercest fights there, and yet Zelensky went there. Meanwhile, the other day, Putin decided to go to Mariupol, which is as far from the fighting as possible within Ukraine’s borders, to watch the reconstruction after the devastation caused by his own army, Kirby said.

John Kirby, spokesman for the US National Security CouncilPAP/EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

The White House on the incident involving a drone and a Russian fighter

Kirby also expressed his astonishment at Russia’s awarding of medals to the Su-27 fighter pilots who struck the US MQ-9 drone over the Black Sea. As he stated, he does not know of any military in the world that would award a pilot for colliding with a drone.

“If that’s courage, I guess we have different definitions of it,” he sneered. He noted that it is not known whether the impact on the drone was intentional, but it happened.

“Anyway, in the jacket I grew up in, if you hit something, it means bad things for you.” So I’m sorry, I have no idea why they gave a bravery award to a pilot who, at worst, maliciously put himself and US property at great risk, and at best was just plain stupid,” the spokesman concluded.