“Today, the Department of Defense announced additional security assistance to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs. This package will provide Ukraine with additional artillery systems and ammunition, including highly effective and reliable dual-purpose improved conventional munitions (DPICM), on which the administration conducted extensive consultations with Congress and our allies and partners,” the Pentagon said in a statement Friday, using another term for cluster bombs.
Sullivan said the president’s national security team had approved the delivery of cluster munitions to Ukraine “unanimously,” and that US President Joe Biden “ultimately decided, in consultation with allies and partners and in consultation with members of Congress to move forward on this step.”
“The United States is not going to war with Russia in Ukraine, and second, the United States is not providing weapons to Ukraine to attack Russia. We do not encourage or enable attacks on Russian territory from Ukraine,” the official said.
“This is a new step toward the escalation of the situation around Ukraine, to which Russia’s response will be very tough,” Karasin told Sputnik. “I hope that the international community will appreciate the situation, which is becoming more and more alarming and raises serious concerns about where things are headed thanks to the unilateral decisions by Washington and NATO which are incomprehensible” from the standpoint of “absolute common sense,” the senior lawmaker added.
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Cluster munitions were banned by over 100 countries, but Ukraine and the US are not parties to the Cluster Munitions Convention (Russia, China, India, Brazil and much of NATO’s eastern flank are also not members).
The US has used cluster munitions extensively in its military operations stretching back nearly six decades, dropping hundreds of millions of devices on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, during the 1991 Gulf War, in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq.