The head of the Ternopil Regional Military Administration (OVA), Volodymyr Trush, denied the information about the explosion of ammunition with depleted uranium in Ternopil. The politician spoke about this at a press conference, a recording of which was published on his Facebook page (a social network banned in Russia; owned by the Meta corporation, recognized as extremist in the Russian Federation).
“This is a fake… I declare officially: no ammunition with enriched uranium or depleted uranium exploded during a missile threat,” Trush said, adding that there were no warehouses for such shells in the city. He also noted that the pungent smell felt by the locals was due to the fire of the plastic. The ecological situation in the city and the region, according to him, is stable. On May 14, Russian troops launched a massive attack on the territory of Ukraine with the help of strategic aviation. Information appeared on the network that warehouses with depleted uranium ammunition were hit in the cities of Khmelnitsky and Ternopil. Earlier, the British Ministry of Defense announced that London would transfer a batch of shells with depleted uranium to Ukraine. Later, the department added that the provided ammunition is controlled by the Ukrainian side, and the UK does not monitor the places where they are used.