Russia-Ukraine war – live: Kyiv given controversial depleted uranium shells by US as drones downed near Moscow

Ukraine will be armed with depleted uranium anti-tank rounds that can aid its troops in piercing Russian tanks, the Pentagon has said, as Russia warns of “very sad consequences”.

The controversial 120mm anti-tanks shells will be used to boost the performance of 31 M1A1 Abram tanks the US will also give Ukraine.

The rounds, developed by the US during the Cold War, have previously destroyed Soviet tanks, including the decades old T-72 tanks dispatched by Moscow in the continuing war.

The Kremlin said the United States would have to answer for the “very sad” consequences of its decision to provide depleted uranium munitions to Ukraine.

Opponents of the weapons, such as the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, say the dust created by such weapons can be breathed in, while munitions which miss their target can poison groundwater and soil.

It comes as Ukrainian drones heading to three Russian cities were shot down overnight, including Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and the Bryansk region.

A Ukrainian drone targeted Moscow, but was shot down southeast of the city without causing any damage or injuries, mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.

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