Ukraine-Russia war: What is a cluster bomb?

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NATO Secretary Standard Jens Stoltenberg accused Russia on Friday of making use of cluster bombs in its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, reaffirming humanitarian concerns for the duration of the conflict’s ninth working day. 

Speaking at a news meeting in Brussels, on Friday afternoon, Stoltenberg stated Russian forces deployed banned weapons, including cluster bombs, and named the Russian invasion of Ukraine “a blatant violation of global legislation.”


“We have noticed the use of cluster bombs, we have noticed stories of use of other varieties of weapons which will be in violation of global regulation,” he explained, “and of training course NATO allies and partners are collecting information and are checking really intently what is likely on in Ukraine.”

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He extra: “This is brutality. This is inhumane.” 

Cluster bombs are correctly explosives that, when deployed, open in the air and launch a lot more submunitions, or “bomblets.” They are dispersed more than a massive spot, meant to unleash destruction on numerous targets at as soon as. 

Cluster bombs can be delivered by planes, artillery and missiles, according to the Global Committee of the Purple Cross. 


Past the original hurt brought on by the munitions upon impression, bomblets have a large level of failure to explode, up to 40% in some current conflicts, in accordance to the ICRC.

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That leaves swaths of land dotted with bomblets that could explode. Return to ordinary everyday living in these areas gets harmful, particularly in greatly populated spots. Some formerly war-torn nations invest yrs attempting to apparent unexploded cluster bomblets.

When making use of cluster bombs is not a violation of intercontinental law, utilizing them in opposition to civilians is.  

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Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, has denied utilizing cluster bombs in Ukraine.

The contributed to this report. 

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