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    A Look at the Uranium-Based Ammo the US Is Sending to Ukraine

    A Look at the Uranium-Based Ammo the US Is Sending to Ukraine

    — The U.S. on Wednesday announced it was sending depleted uranium anti-tank rounds to , following Britain's lead in sending the controversial munitions to help push through Russian lines in its grueling counteroffensive.

    The 120 mm rounds will be used to arm the 31 M1A1 Abrams tanks the U.S. plans to deliver to Ukraine in the fall.

    Such armor-piercing rounds were developed by the U.S. during the Cold War to destroy Soviet tanks, including the same T-72 tanks that Ukraine now faces in its counteroffensive.

    Depleted uranium is a byproduct of the uranium enrichment process needed to create nuclear weapons. The rounds retain some radioactive properties, but they can't generate a nuclear reaction like a nuclear weapon would, RAND nuclear expert and policy researcher Edward Geist said.

    When Britain announced in March it was sending Ukraine the depleted uranium rounds, falsely claimed they have nuclear components and warned that their use would open the door to further escalation. In the past, Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested the war could escalate to nuclear weapons use.

    A look at depleted uranium ammunition:

    What is depleted uranium?

    Depleted uranium is a byproduct of the process to create the rarer, enriched uranium used in nuclear fuel and weapons. Although far less powerful than enriched uranium and incapable of generating a nuclear reaction, depleted uranium is extremely…

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