Russia has accused Ukraine of using cluster bombs on a large scale
His Annual reportThe Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) accuses Russia of massive use Cluster bombs in UkraineHundreds of civilians were killed and homes, schools and hospitals damaged, the watchdog said Thursday. “Hundreds of cluster munition attacks by Russian forces have been documented, reported or alleged to have occurred in Ukraine this year”CMC writes. “Ukrainian forces appear to have used weapons on several occasions in the ongoing conflict”It began with a Russian attack on February 24, according to the organization.
“Russia’s widespread use of internationally banned cluster bombs in Ukraine shows a blatant disregard for human life, humanitarian principles and legal standards”said Mary Wareham, author of the report’s sanctions chapter. “An unequivocal condemnation of the continued use of cluster munitions in Ukraine is critical to strengthening the stigma of these weapons and ending the threat they pose.”She added.
The 100-page report comes as states parties to the conference prepare for their annual meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva from August 30 to September 2. Russia is also stressed “Put an immediate end to these indiscriminate attacks and call on all signatories to renounce these weapons and join the Convention without delay”.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine has joined the arms embargo convention, which has 110 state parties and 13 signatories.
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