Joe Biden approves cluster weapons for Ukraine

A girl aged 5, Rostislav, plays in front of a destroyed building in Kharkiv this week, in the Saltivka neighbourhood. The city was one of the first to sustain heavy Russian air and artillery attacks in the war, but has begun rebuilding

By Maighna Nanu

July 7, 5 mins ago.

Joe Biden has approved sending cluster weapons to Ukraine, according to reports.

The Biden administration is expected to announce that it will send thousands of the controversial weapons, which release multiple smaller bombs, as part of a new military aid package worth $800 million, the Washington Post reported.

Ukraine has been pushing Washington since last year to provide the munitions to help counter Russia’s superiority in long-range weapons, but the US has been hesitant to provide them because of the potential risk to civilians and an international treaty banning the use of cluster munitions.

The move, which comes amid concern over the pace of Kyiv’s counter-offensive, will bypass a US law that bans the use, production, or transfer of cluster munitions with a failure rate of more than one per cent.

8 comments

      • That fucking bridge should have been destroyed before any counteroffensive began. Yet Ukraine still don’t have what it needs to cut this supply route, it’s shameful.

  1. “but the US has been hesitant to provide them because of the potential risk to civilians and an international treaty banning the use of cluster munitions.”

    So the way russia destroyed the cities of Mariupol, Bakhmut, etc etc wasn’t a risk to civilians? Millions of landmines used by russia are not a risk to civilians?

  2. Cluster bombs: best news I’ve heard since StormShadows.
    Question: But wait, when I bring my children to Ukraine to visit Orc trenches, mine fields, airfields and ammo dumps, isn’t there a chance they will be injured by unexploded cluster munitions? Answer: That would be called “Darwinian Selection” fool. Bring your ex-wife instead.
    Slava Ukraine

    • Ha ha ha…
      Should have married a Ukrainian lady, there would be no “ex-wives” 😉
      About the cluster munitions I believe it is US law if you use these bombs you have to follow up and removed the unexploded pieces too.

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