The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made the rounds in Ukraine following a huge ammunition storage facility explosion on May 13 near Western Ukraine's city of Khmelnytskyi. Unconfirmed news that radiation levels were rising in the aftermath of the strike also came out.
According to reports, the military facility was used to store British-provided depleted uranium shells. It has been suggested that the material may have been turned into dust by powerful explosions at the depot.
Patrushev also revealed the purported threat during a government meeting on May 19, in which he accused the U.S. of manipulating its allies to provide support to other nations that resulted in harm being done to the recipients.
"They 'helped' Ukraine this way too, applied pressure to its satellites to supply depleted uranium munitions. Their destruction resulted in a radioactive cloud moving toward Western Europe. They have detected an increase in radiation in Poland," Patrushev said.
Meanwhile, Polish authorities already denied that a spike in radiation was detected in the eastern city of Lublin earlier in the week. However, analysts are worried as radiation is only one of the concerns when it comes to depleted uranium.
"While it is mildly radioactive, depleted uranium is mainly considered a health risk because the material is a toxic heavy metal. Particles of uranium or uranium oxide produced in an explosion could be inhaled by anyone exposed to them, or contaminate the environment," reported RT.
Russia previously warned that the use of depleted uranium munitions poses a long-term environmental and public health threat based on studies in nations such as Serbia and Iraq, where the weapons were previously used.
The current radiation threat was aggravated by the previous concerns brought about by the recent shellings of Ukrainian forces on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is currently under Russian control. Moscow warned the conflict could escalate into a nuclear catastrophe and World War III. (Related: Russian authorities threaten NUCLEAR REVENGE after drones explode over Putin’s residence.)
The Khmelnytskyi Oblast Military Administration (OVA) claimed via a statement that all parameters following the explosion were found to be within acceptable limits.
"Following the terrorist attack on May 13, 2023, the institution’s experts conducted investigations into the presence of harmful substances in the air, examined water and soil quality, and analyzed radiation levels. The laboratory tests revealed that the concentration of harmful substances in the ambient air within the sanitary protection zones did not exceed permissible values," OVA reported, adding that there is no immediate threat to people's lives in the surrounding area.
According to Yahoo News, out of the total number of 21 drones used, four targeted a crucial infrastructure object in Khmelnytskyi Oblast. The remaining 17 were shot down by Ukrainian air defense systems, the Ukrainian Air Force reported. However, the explosion in Khmelnytskyi caused damage to residential and other buildings, with a total of 30 people being injured.
Meanwhile, the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine was the focus of the recently concluded G7 Summit held in Hiroshima, Japan. During the summit, U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he wants to ensure "Russia pays a price" for the war in Ukraine.
Sunak announced new sanctions targeting Russian exports – specifically the Russian diamond. The Russian diamond industry was worth $4 billion in exports in 2021. The prime minister also announced that Russian copper, aluminum and nickel imports will be blocked under legislation later this year.
The U.K. government is also planning to target 86 more people and companies connected to President Vladimir Putin, including people who were "actively undermining the impact of existing sanctions."
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