Russia Using Cluster Bombs and Thermobaric Weapons in Ukraine

The U.N. human rights office has received “credible reports” of Russian forces deploying cluster munitions in Ukraine


NSFW    KYIV, UKRAINE — The U.N. Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner said on Friday, March 11 it had received “credible reports” of several cases of Russian forces deploying cluster munitions in Ukraine.

“Due to their wide area effects, the use of cluster munitions in populated areas is incompatible with the international humanitarian law principles governing the conduct of hostilities,” the statement read, adding that use of such weapons in towns and villages “may amount to war crimes.”

Cluster bombs are banned by more than 100 countries under the 2010 Convention on Cluster Munitions, according to Human Rights Watch. Despite this, they are still used by militaries around the world, including those of Russia, China, the U.S. and Ukraine.

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