The UK government’s recent actions suggest they believe a nuclear war with Russia is inevitable
| By Richard Ahern — The UK has aggravated Russian President Vladimir Putin by planning to send tank ammunition containing depleted uranium to Ukraine. According to the Russian leadership, Britain’s move is bringing us closer to the prospect of nuclear war.
Why would the government take that chance?
The British government announced its intent to support the Ukrainian war effort further, saying, “Alongside our granting of a squadron of Challenger 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, we will be providing ammunition, including armor piercing rounds which contain depleted uranium.”
Putin said Russia will have “to respond accordingly, given that the West collectively is already beginning to use weapons with a nuclear component.” Likewise, the defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, said that “fewer and fewer” steps are left before a “nuclear collision” happens.
The Challenger 2 battle tanks the United Kingdom is sending to Ukraine include depleted uranium ammunition to enhance the effectiveness of penetrating armored tanks and vehicles. But Russia pointed out that such weapons can have severe environmental and health consequences, including causing cancer.
But that’s just one side of the story…
Shortly after the news broke, the UK government fired back, accusing President Putin of deliberately spreading false information about the tank shells.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has clarified that depleted uranium is a standard material used in shells — not a nuclear weapon. The MoD spokesperson explained that the army has used uranium ammunition for decades, saying, “It is a standard component and has nothing to do with nuclear weapons or capabilities.”
“Russia knows this but is deliberately trying to disinform,” said the MoD spokesperson.
They even hit back at the environmental and health claims surrounding the weapons, claiming “independent” scientists have assessed that the negative impact on personal health and the environment “is likely to be low.”
So, we also have a war of information. Who do we believe?
However you spin it, it’s clear that considering the already heightened tension, the move to introduce anything with the name “nuclear” into the playing field is undoubtedly questionable and appears only to give Russia an excuse to retaliate similarly.
The truth is that uranium is a chemical element that radioactively decays — hence it has nuclear properties. In fact, it is the most widely used fuel in nuclear power plants and weapons (alongside plutonium), and is likely the most well-known to the general public. Ask random people on the street to name a chemical element used in nuclear processes, and many would answer uranium. Just ask Google to list the nuclear elements — Uranium is number one!
History buffs will also remember that one of the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in World War II relied on uranium fission. The bomb, named “Little Boy,” that the US detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima was the first nuclear weapon used in warfare — and was filled with highly enriched uranium.
Here’s the point:
Even though the depleted uranium shells may not classify as a nuclear weapon according to scientists and the military, the general population would be forgiven for thinking they have a nuclear component — because they do.
So, a poor choice of weapon?
Of all the weapons at their disposal, surely one without a nuclear element would have been a better option. Still, perhaps the UK government is just expecting a nuclear conflict already because it appears preparation is underway.
Case in point, the UK government is implementing a brand new siren-like alert system to warn the public about emergencies. This bone-chilling alert will be sent to all smartphones nationwide to warn of life-threatening emergencies.
The test of this alert is expected to take place on 23 April, when the British public will get to experience the terror of World War II air raid sirens — albeit pocket-sized.
Of course, the government claims that the alert system is mainly focused on severe weather events, such as flooding and wildfires. Still, would you expect them to admit it’s also for the prospect of Russia dropping a “Little Boy” of their own over Britannia?
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