Russia is “deliberately trying to disinform,” said the UK Ministry of Defense on Tuesday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned London against providing Ukraine with ammunition that contains depleted uranium, APA reports citing CNN.
On Monday, the UK confirmed that it will send ammunition containing depleted uranium to Ukraine, a development which Putin referenced at a press conference on Tuesday.
It is “considerably less radioactive than natural uranium,” according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
In response to Putin’s remarks, a spokesperson for the MOD said that “the British Army has used depleted uranium in its armour piercing shells for decades.”
“It is a standard component and has nothing to do with nuclear weapons or capabilities. Russia knows this, but is deliberately trying to disinform,” they said.