Russians use banned cluster munitions against Kryvyi Rih

25 August, 12:17 PM
Russia uses cluster munitions in Ukraine (illustrative photo) (Photo:NGO Association of Sappers of Ukraine)

Russia uses cluster munitions in Ukraine (illustrative photo) (Photo:NGO Association of Sappers of Ukraine)

The city of Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy located 50 km north of occupied Kherson Oblast, was struck by Russian cluster munitions, Kryvyi Rih military administration head Oleksandr Vilkul stated on Telegram messenger early on Aug. 25.

There were a few instances of Tornado-S MLRS fire (which have a range of up to 120 km) in the Metallurgical district with cluster munitions,” he wrote, adding that the results of the attack were being clarified.

Cluster munitions, which are typically comprised of a core warhead that then bursts open to reveal a large number of smaller submunitions, are banned by international law by the 2010 Oslo Convention.

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Russia is not a signatory to this convention, and the Russian use of cluster munitions has been recorded in both Ukraine and Syria. Cluster munitions tend to cause significant harm to civilians, as many of the submunitions do not immediately detonate on impact, and may lie dormant for years until disturbed.

Emergency services are the scene, Vilkul said and reminded local residents to be mindful of their surroundings.

“Watch very closely where you’re walking – there may be unexploded munitions. If you find one – immediately call 101 and 102,” he stated, referencing Ukraine’s emergency numbers.

Earlier, Vilkul reported that the Russian invaders had used long-range mine-laying weapons and laid down unguided minefields in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

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