US plans to send cluster bombs to Ukraine

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The ammunition is banned by 108 countries, including the US, Russia and Ukraine.

Ukrainian soldiers fire a D-30 howitzer towards Russian troops in a counterattack on Russian forces near the town of Soledar, Donetsk region, last May.

Sofia Gatilova / REUTERS

The Joe Biden government plans to announce today the shipment to Ukraine of a new military aid package that includes cluster bombs to be fired with 155-mm howitzers, according to senior officials told different local media.

The decision will be at least controversial. The weaponry in question is highly destructive and insecure, given its power to disperse "submunitions" and its high inaccuracy. Not surprisingly, it is prohibited in 108 countries by a convention signed in 2008. The list of signatories to the convention includes almost all European nations but not the United States, Russia or Ukraine. Human rights organizations obviously advocate an absolute and global veto.

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But, according to informant officials, the new crew will provide a new and powerful element to the counteroffensive of the invaded country; a counteroffensive for now weaker than what was intended.

Biden, his Homeland Security team and the Pentagon reportedly considered the move for at least a week, according to the same sources.

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