Biden Administration May Provide Cluster Munitions to Ukraine

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A senior Biden administration official said the U.S. will provide cluster munitions to Ukraine after being pressured by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the controversial and widely-banned weapon, according to the New York Times.  Much of the world has vowed not to use cluster munitions due to the lingering effects that harm civilians years after the conflict.  The Convention of Cluster Munitions has been signed by more than 100 countries, however, Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine have not.  Ukraine claims the weapons are needed for its counteroffensive against Russia.  Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) said,  “We’re seen around the world as human rights defenders, but this decision would undermine that reputation, so I urge the Administration to stand up for our values and refuse to send cluster munitions to Ukraine.”