February 2, 2023

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War in Ukraine: European country supplies Ukraine with highly controversial weapons

Berlin gave the green light to send tanks to Ukraine, which urged them.

UA European country has offered to send cluster munitions to Ukraine, an official said Wednesday, saying the controversial weapons – whose use has been criticized by Russia – would be effective on the battlefield.

A European-based official, who did not want to be identified by name or origin, said his government had approved the supply and was seeking approval from Germany, which is involved in the production of the explosives.

Berlin gave the green light to send tanks to Ukraine, which urged them.

Cluster munitions (BASM) are made up of a container, a shell-like, explosive projectile of smaller size, called “submunitions”. More precisely, they attack a large proportion of the public.



Their use and transfer is banned by the 2008 Oslo Convention signed by most Western countries.

But the Kremlin has not signed the deal, and the UN has warned Russia of using these weapons in populated areas since the start of its invasion of Ukraine last year.


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According to the European official, cluster bombs have become more sophisticated and the West should “look ahead” to Kyiv, which could use these weapons against any advance by Russian troops.

“Ukrainians are asking for them. These are legitimate weapons. Collateral damage is not so important anymore. They were very important in the 1940s and 1950s; today they are manageable,” the official said during a visit to Washington.

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“The Russians have used all kinds of weapons that are 100 times worse than cluster bombs,” he said, promising that Ukraine would “win the war.”