What Are Cluster Munitions and Why Is the United States Sending Them to Ukraine?


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(Center for Strategic International Studies) The United States has announced that it will send cluster munitions to Ukraine; however, the munitions are controversial because of high dud rates and the resulting danger to civilians. The munitions will help Ukraine’s armed forces as they continue their counter-offensive, but they will not be a game changer.

Q1: What are cluster munitions?

A1: The international Convention on Cluster Munitions defines cluster munition as “a conventional munition that is designed to disperse or release explosive submunitions, each weighing less than 20 kilograms.”

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Published: Monday, July 17, 2023

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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