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Cluster munitions make artillery shells up to 10 times deadlier, US Army veteran Dan Rice tells CNN

Dan Rice, a US adviser to the Ukrainian military, has asked Washington to allow the delivery of cluster munitions to kyiv to increase its “basic lethality” and “winning the war” against Russia.

During an interview with CNN last week, Rice, who is officially a special adviser to the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces, insisted that the United States “We really need” provide kyiv forces with cluster bombs.

They are like throwing “a flamethrower on a bunch of ants” and would be “multiply artillery shells five to ten times more deadly”, he argued, according to a transcript posted by the channel.

“That’s how you increase base lethality and win the war. If we want to win, we have to give them something like that,” he told the outlet, calling cluster bombs a “game changer.”

However, he noted that the administration of US President Joe Biden is currently unwilling to supply such ammunition to Ukraine, as it would anger Western European states that have signed a treaty banning such weapons.

“According to our own policy, we are concerned about the use of this type of ammunition”, United States National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters earlier this month.


The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) banning these types of weapons has been signed by more than 100 nations, including most EU member states. Russia, the United States and Ukraine have not signed the Convention.

One of the main concerns with cluster bombs is the large amount of unexploded ordnance left behind after strikes that pose a threat to civilians. Rice, however, insists that kyiv forces would use these weapons responsibly and “to clean” after themselves “as soon as they liberate a city.”

Russia has repeatedly accused kyiv of using Soviet-made cluster bombs before and after Moscow launched its military campaign against the country. In March, the Ukrainian military reportedly used a Tochka-U missile with a cluster payload to strike central Donetsk, killing more than 20 civilians and injuring dozens.

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In October, Russian officials accused Kyiv forces of using a US-made HIMARS rocket launcher cluster munition to strike a river crossing in Kherson, killing four civilians, including a journalist. kyiv has denied any responsibility for the attacks.

The United States is believed to have a stockpile of cluster munitions, but has so far refrained from officially sending any to Ukraine. However, even though the export of such weapons has been banned by Congress, outlets such as Politico have suggested that President Joe Biden and even his Secretary of State Antony Blinken could potentially override this ban.

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