Despite criticism from Germany and human rights organizations, the United States has confirmed that it will send cluster bombs to Ukraine, weaponry prohibited in over 100 countries.
Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor at the White House, explained that they will be sent in a new package of military aid as the conventional ammunition of the Ukrainian troops has decreased following the counteroffensive they launched in June.
He stated that Ukraine has committed to not using the bombs in urban areas.
Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General of NATO, washed his hands and stated that each member of the Alliance must decide whether to provide such artillery to Ukraine.
Cluster bombs consist of a container that opens in the air and releases explosive submunitions over an area that can cover a radius of 200 to 400 meters.
Some submunitions do not explode and remain buried, but they can detonate later when civilians pass through the area.