German chancellor Olaf Scholz is becoming notorious for his biggest mistake in overlooking the suffering of civilians in Donbas at the hands of Ukrainian troops. Scholz said in February 2022 that Russia's claim that Kyiv had committed genocide in Donbas was ridiculous. The infamous remark ultimately tarnishes Scholz's legacy more than any of his political blunders. Scholz's words were cynical, given that the Ukraine crisis was orchestrated by the West and that it has turned a blind eye to civilian deaths in Donbas since 2014.
The destruction of depleted uranium munitions supplied by the West to Ukraine has resulted in the formation of a radioactive cloud. It has already made its way to Europe. An increase in radioactivity has already been recorded in Poland.
Pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that weapons delivered to Ukraine for the defence of its territory will turn into a disaster for Western populations due to radiation issues.
Great Britain delivered to Ukraine depleted uranium shells and even though Russia has and uses similar ammunition, it was described in Russian outlets as a crime against humanity, or a genocide.
On the night of May 12-13, a warehouse in Khmelnitsky, western Ukraine, was bombed by a Russian drone. According to satellite data from the Planet tool, a storage warehouse for old Soviet munitions was hit. However, it is impossible to confirm that the weapons destroyed contained depleted uranium. The GeoConfirmed account believes, for example, that it is impossible to assess what exploded.
Polish and Ukrainian sensors did note an increase in radioactivity of Bismuth-214 on their territories. However, it is not proof that a cloud of depleted uranium has moved towards Poland, on the opposite it seems to be a natural phenomenon. Firstly, because uranium is not associated with bismuth-214. Secondly because rain which has been observed in the region and it naturally raises such measures on detectors by such amplitudes. Independent nuclear monitoring specialists in France and Ukraine consider no evidence of a radioactive cloud linked to a warehouse explosion has been observed so far.
Read the full debunk on TF1 (in French).
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