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U.S. To Provide Cluster Munitions To Ukraine

President Biden said the decision was ‘very difficult’ but was made on the approval of Congress and U.S. allies.

PHOTO: New York Times

The Department of Defense announced Friday that the United States will send cluster munitions to Ukraine in an effort to boost its fight against Russia.

The Story: National security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed the news in a press briefing on Friday, saying, the munitions were important for Ukraine to sustain its military operations.

  • “We will not leave Ukraine defenseless at any point in this conflict, period,” Sullivan said.
  • The cluster munitions are part of the $800 million military assistance package for Ukraine.

Going deeper: President Joe Biden told CNN the decision was “very difficult” for him but said he had the approval of Congress and U.S. allies to move forward.

  • “It was a very difficult decision on my part. And by the way, I discussed this with our allies, I discussed this with our friends up on the Hill,” Biden said.
  • “The Ukrainians are running out of ammunition,” the president added.

Taking heat: The decision to send the weapons to Ukraine by the Biden administration has been met with frustration by two dozen congressional Democrats.

  • Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Ill.) says she plans to introduce an amendment to the bill that would ban the sale of cluster munitions.
  • “We can support the people of Ukraine in their freedom struggle, while also opposing violations of international law,” Omar said.
  • Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) said victory in Ukraine “cannot come at the expense of our American values and thus democracy itself.”

An outside look: Over 120 countries have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which bans the use, production, and transfer of cluster munitions.

Stephen Anderson
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Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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