Disinfo: Radiation from depleted Uranium ammo in Ukraine approaches Europe


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).

Read also related stories: The West wants to turn Ukraine into a radioactive graveyard, London wants to scorch the earth with uranium shells in Ukraine, Use of depleted uranium shells is a crime against humanity, the French government systematically lied to the population.


  • Reported in: Issue 330
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/05/2023
  • Article language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK, US, Ukraine, Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Nikolay Patrushev, Radiation, Chernobyl, Invasion of Ukraine, War in Ukraine, West, Ukraine
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