Ukraine has received American cluster munitions and has begun using them in the field, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said at the White House.
According to Kirby, the Ukrainians are using these munitions “correctly and effectively.”
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Cluster bombs have literally no purpose in this war. They are only used against soft targets, primarily civilians.
Yes, the Ukraine likes randomly killing civilians, but that is not really helping their war effort. It is just making everyone in the world hate them even more.
US-supplied cluster munitions have been deployed in Ukraine and are having an impact on the counteroffensive against Russian forces, a senior White House official has said.
“We have gotten some initial feedback from the Ukrainians, and they’re using them quite effectively,” White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said on Thursday.
He would say that!
Ukraine has pledged to only use the controversial bombs to dislodge concentrations of Russian enemy soldiers. Kirby said the cluster munitions are having an impact on Russian defensive formations and maneuvering.
The munitions arrived in Ukraine last week and are seen by the US as a way to get Kyiv critically needed ammunition to help bolster its offensive and push through Russian frontlines. US officials have said Washington will provide thousands of the rounds, but provided no specific numbers.
Based on what we’ve seen with the normal shells, the US will just send their entire stocks to the Ukraine, then when they run out, they will start sending something else.
It’s a strange strategy.
US leaders debated whether to provide the munitions for months, before President Joe Biden made the final decision this month.
Cluster munitions, which are banned in more than 100 countries, are bombs that open in the air and release scores of smaller bomblets that can kill indiscriminately over a wide area. Those that fail to explode can pose a danger for decades.
Human rights organisations criticised Biden’s decision, noting that at least 149 civilians were killed or injured worldwide by such weapons in 2021, according to the Cluster Munition Monitor.
Yes, these are extremely unpopular bombs.
The US has really stopped caring about trying to claim any kind of moral high ground, and is now only obsessed with using massive force, or bullying everyone who disagrees with them.
The question currently is simply: can the US win a war against the entire world?
Maybe. I guess?
🔺The #WhiteHouse has confirmed that #Ukraine is using US #clusterbombs against Russian forces in the country
🔺National Security Spokesman John Kirby said initial feedback suggested they were being used “effectively”
🔺Cluster bombs are banned by more than 100 states pic.twitter.com/W5NnIsNBzW
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