Russia strikes depleted uranium ammunition and Storm Shadow missile sites in Ukraine. Photo/VCG/Illustration
MOSCOW – Military Russia announced it had attacked facilities housing Storm Shadow cruise missiles and depleted uranium munitions in Ukraine.
The Russian Ministry of Defense in an announcement Monday (18/9/2023) said the attack on the weapons facility took place on Sunday evening.
According to the ministry, the aim of the attack had been achieved and all objects were hit.
“Tonight (on Sunday evening), the Russian armed forces carried out group attacks with high-precision long-range air-launched weapons, as well as attacks on unmanned aerial vehicles, on the storage sites of Storm Shadow cruise missiles, depleted uranium ammunition, as well as radio reconnaissance and group training centers sabotage of the Ukrainian armed forces,” the ministry said in a statement, as quoted by Sputniknews.
Earlier this month, the United States (US) Department of Defense announced a new military aid package worth USD175 million for Ukraine which includes depleted uranium ammunition for Abrams tanks, as well as air defense equipment and 155mm artillery shells.
Previously, Britain promised to provide Ukraine with depleted uranium ammunition for its Challenger 2 battle tanks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow will react appropriately to shipments of depleted uranium munitions to Ukraine.
Russia has warned of the dangers of Western-supplied weapons.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated late last month that the use of such weapons would turn parts of Ukraine into uninhabitable wasteland with radioactive contamination of the soil.
The Russian Defense Ministry in its announcement also said that Ukraine had lost up to 255 troops in the region towards Donetsk over the past 24 hours.
“Enemy losses (towards Donetsk) amounted to 255 military personnel, three armored fighting vehicles and seven vehicles,” the ministry statement said.
Ukraine, the ministry added, has also lost more than 180 soldiers killed and wounded in the region to the south of Donetsk in the last 24 hours.