CJR Staff
July 16, 2023

Ukraine has received cluster bombs from Biden

President Joe Biden's rescue plan for Ukraine continues to unfold.

Cluster bombs that were sent to Ukraine by President Biden have arrived less than a week after they were first publicly promised for delivery.

"White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan revealed last Friday the Biden administration will provide Ukraine with the controversial weapons, which have long been opposed by humanitarian groups for their long-term effects on civilians," reports Breitbart.

Cluster Bombs Arrive In Ukraine

Biden called the decision to send the cluster bombs a "very difficult" decision. The president said the country is "running out of ammunition."

Additionally, Biden shared a United States military secret when he also announced publicly that the United States is running low on the 155-millimeter artillery shells.

"Therefore, Biden argued, the U.S. would provide cluster munitions for a 'transition period,' while claiming they will not be used in civilian areas but merely to break through the entrenched positions of the Russian forces," Breitbart reported.

Cluster munitions are known for their ability to blanket large areas, often killing innocent civilians in the process.

This particular type of munitions are a category of rockets, bombs, and missiles that break apart in the air and blanket large areas.

The munitions often fail and can devastate civilians, sometimes detonating years later.

"More than 100 countries have vowed not to use cluster munitions, although Russia, China, and Ukraine have not signed the international agreement on cluster bombs," reports Breitbart.

The Associated Press reported that American leaders have said the U.S. version of the munition as delivered to Ukraine has a reduced "dud rate," meaning fewer of the smaller bomblets fail to explode.

"The unexploded rounds, which often litter battlefields and populated civilian areas, cause unintended deaths," Breitbart reports. "U.S. officials said Washington will provide thousands of the rounds but provided no specific numbers."

Lt. Gen. Douglas Sims, the director of operations for the Joint staff, said that "cluster munitions have indeed been delivered to Ukraine at this point."

Sims said it wasn’t clear if Ukrainian troops have used the cluster munitions yet.

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