Controversial cluster munitions used by Ukraine against Russian defences ‘effective’, says US
Ukrainian forces have begun using US-supplied cluster munitions on the battlefield, the White House has confirmed, as they seek to build momentum in their grinding counter-offensive.
Kyiv is attempting to dislodge entrenched Russian forces and retake land lost in the early months of the invasion using American cluster munitions.
Ukraine’s forces started using the munitions “in the last week or so”, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on 20 July.
“They’re using them appropriately; they’re using them effectively and they are actually having an impact on Russia’s defensive formations and Russia’s defensive manoeuvring.”
However, Nato allies including Great Britain have discouraged the use of cluster munitions.