Costing the Earth: Ukraine: A War on Nature

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Laurent Young a Research Analyst at the Royal United Service Institute for Defence and Security says that the very metal in the shells themselves poses a risk. "There's a good chance that Russia is using some old missile tank shells - so they may contain depleted uranium. The reason they use the uranium is that it can penetrate heavy artillery. It is depleted uranium so it is obviously not radioactive itself, but it is highly toxic when it is burnt or aerodises on impact - so thee are huge environmental impacts there