The Biden administration is set to transfer depleted uranium shells to Ukraine for the first time since the Russian invasion began The Wall Street Journal reports Tuesday.
Internal administration debate over the controversial munitions has been ongoing for several months, but an admin official quoted in WSJ says at this point there are “no major obstacles” to sending it, which will be used to equip M1 Abrams tanks provided by Washington.
A defense analyst cited in the fresh WSJ report describes why they are so sought after by Ukrainian forces:
“The projectile hits like a freight train,” said Scott Boston, a defense analyst at the Rand Corporation and former Army artillery officer. “It is very long and very dense. So it puts a great deal of kinetic energy on a specific point on an enemy armor array.”
[Editor’s Note: Russian President Vladimir Putin responded on Tuesday that Russia will itself use weapons with depleted uranium if necessary in response to reports of the US supplying such weapons to Ukraine.