September 28, 2023

Putin threatens to drop more cluster bombs if Ukraine uses US-supplied weapons | world

Putin threatens to use more cluster bombs in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia has “sufficient stocks” of cluster bombs and that it intends to use them if Ukraine uses the same type of weapons sent by the United States.

“Of course, if they are used against us, we reserve the right to take similar measures,” Putin said in an interview with state television, excerpts of which were published on Sunday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during an address to the nation after the Wagner Group mutiny, on June 24, 2023 – Image: Sputnik/Gavril Grigorov/The Kremlin via Reuters

Cluster bombs have tremendous destructive power because, in addition to exploding, they generate projectiles that are fired at high speed over great distances in all directions, causing fatalities and serious injuries within a wide area. It is banned in over 100 countries.

Cluster bombs are already in use by both sides of the conflict. But there are concerns that widespread access to this munition will end up affecting civilians.