British-Ukrainian plans [to transfer depleted uranium shells to Ukraine] will lead to a nuclear catastrophe.
The use of such ammunition is a crime against humanity and the planet. Their use is unacceptable and immoral.
Part of Kremlin’s disinformation campaign against the supply of depleted uranium to Ukraine. Russia uses this alleged high environmental risk to sabre-rattle with its nuclear arsenal.
The depleted uranium shells UK MoD is sending to Ukraine are not prohibited by any international agreement.
A crime against humanity is traditionally defined and prosecuted by the ICC (murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, mass systematic rape and sexual enslavement in a time of war, other inhumane acts, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds). The use of depleted uranium shells it cannot be considered as one of the crimes against humanity.
While a new concept of Environmental Crimes Against Humanity is emerging, the ecocide definition reads now as: “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts”.
However, the studies of health and environment consequences of Uranium depleted ammunition don’t establish any effect approaching to this definition. The EU assessment by the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks describes the risks as follow:
DU munitions which hit the ground bury themselves in the soil, where the uranium oxidises and dissolves over years or decades. Over time, the uranium is removed from near the impact site. Total amounts are not high enough to add significantly to the natural uranium background.
Surveys of DU residues from combat zones show generally low concentrations of the metal, within the range of naturally occurring uranium, though there may also be a small number of "hot spots”.
Urine samples from serving soldiers and from civilians living in areas where DU ammunition has been used, typically indicate very low levels of DU exposure.
In 2007, the UN General Assembly launched a study to find out the health effects of depleted uranium weapons. The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) found no significant poisoning was caused by exposure to depleted uranium.
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