A European country apparently wants to make cluster munitions available to Ukraine – and ask Germany for a delivery license. An official from a European country said today in Washington that his country wants to deliver the controversial ammunition to Kyiv. His government has already decided on the delivery and now wants to seek approval from Germany for its participation in the production.
The representative wished to remain anonymous and did not want his country to be named. Cluster munitions are banned internationally. It launches dozens of smaller explosive devices into the air that spread over an area of hundreds of square meters, killing or injuring people indiscriminately. Russia is accused of using cluster munitions in its war of aggression in Ukraine.
On his government’s handover plan, the representative of the European country said that Germany’s approval will likely take some time. He argued that cluster munitions had technically been developed “and the collateral damage was no longer as great” as, for example, in the 1940s and 1950s.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine are among the approximately 110 signatories to an international convention banning the use, transport, production and storage of cluster bombs.