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    The US Will Provide Cluster Munitions to Ukraine as Part of a New Military Aid Package: Sources

    The US Will Provide Cluster Munitions to Ukraine as Part of a New Military Aid Package: Sources

    — The Biden administration has decided to provide cluster munitions to and is expected to announce on Friday that the Pentagon will send thousands as part of the latest aid package for the war effort against , according to people familiar with the decision.

    The decision comes despite widespread concerns that the controversial bombs can cause civilian casualties. The Pentagon will provide munitions that have a reduced “dud rate,” meaning there will be far fewer unexploded rounds that can result in unintended civilian deaths.

    U.S. officials said Thursday that the cluster munitions would be part of about $800 million in new military assistance to Ukraine.

    Long sought by Ukraine, cluster bombs are weapons that open in the air, releasing submunitions, or “bomblets,” that are dispersed over a large area and are intended to wreak destruction on multiple targets at once.

    The officials and others familiar with the decision were not authorized to publicly discuss the move before the official announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Ukrainian officials have asked for the weapons to aid their campaign to push through lines of Russian troops and make gains in the ongoing counteroffensive. Russian forces are already using cluster munitions on the battlefield, U.S. officials have said.

    According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, some cluster munitions leave behind…

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