MINSK, 24 March (BelTA) – London's statements about its readiness to supply depleted uranium shells to Ukraine look especially cynical ahead of the anniversary of the bombings of Yugoslavia, Chief of Russia's Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Force Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov told a news briefing on the consequences of supplying the Kiev regime with depleted uranium munitions
Igor Kirillov recalled that on this day 24 years ago, the North Atlantic Alliance began to bomb Yugoslavia. It also used shells with depleted uranium. The alliance's operation was codenamed Angel of Mercy. The order to start the bombing was given by NATO Secretary General Javier Solana. He argued that the operation was ‘humanitarian'.
According to Igor Kirillov, the main health hazard of munitions with depleted uranium comes if it enters the body in the form of dust. This provokes changes in human organs, cancer.
NATO's aggression against Yugoslavia lasted 78 days. According to Serbia ( part of Yugoslaviaat that time), up to 4,000 people were killed, about 10,000 were wounded as a result of the bombing. Material damage is estimated at $100 billion.
Over two and a half months, 15 tonnes of depleted uranium were dropped on Serbia in shells. Afterwards the country ranked first in the number of cancer cases in Europe. In the decade after the bombing, some 30,000 people in Serbia suffered from cancer, and more than 10,000 of them died.