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    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow reserves the right to use cluster munitions in response to their use by Ukraine.

    “Until now, we have not done this, we have not used it, and we have not had such a need, despite the well-known shortage in a certain period of time, we also have ammunition,” Putin said in an interview with VGTRK journalist Pavel Zarubin.

    The head of state added that Russia has “a sufficient stock of various types of cluster munitions.”

    “Of course, if they are used against us, we reserve the right to mirror actions,” the president said.

    “Not from a good life”

    According to Putin, the United States decided to supply Ukraine with cluster munitions due to a general shortage of shells. “They do this not because of a good life, but because they have a shortage of ammunition in general,” the Russian leader said.

    According to him, the Ukrainian military spends up to 5,000-6,000 155-mm caliber shells per day of hostilities, while the United States produces about 15,000 shells per month.

    “They do not have enough, and in Europe they already do not have enough. But they did not find anything better than to propose the use of cluster munitions, ”Putin said.

    According to the President, the supply of cluster munitions to Ukraine and their use should be considered a crime.

    “The assessment of these munitions was given by the US administration itself through the mouths of its employees some time ago, when the use of cluster munitions was called a crime by the US administration itself,” Putin said. “They were running out of normal ammo.” Why the United States is arming Ukraine with cluster munitions The United States will transfer cluster munitions to Ukraine – this was announced on July 7 in Bely… 07 July 23:56

    The President refers to a speech by former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on February 28, 2022. In her speech, she says that the use of cluster munitions against civilians can be considered a war crime. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court recognizes deliberate attacks against civilians as a war crime. At the same time, the United States, Russia and Ukraine, as well as some other countries, have not acceded to the Convention on the Prohibition of Cluster Munitions. This allows them to use such ammunition when attacking military targets.

    The White House announced the transfer of cluster munitions to the Ukrainian army on July 7th. The next day, US President Joe Biden said that the decision to start deliveries was hard for him, but, according to him, Ukraine needs such weapons. Washington also reported that Kyiv provided written guarantees that it would use ammunition “with caution.”

    On July 13, the Pentagon said that weapons were already in Ukraine. The department did not specify whether these munitions were used. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned that if cluster munitions were supplied to Ukraine, the Russian military would be forced to use similar means.

    Reverse engineering

    In an interview, Putin also said that the captured Western technology will be the subject of study by Russian specialists.

    “There is such an expression as “reverse engineering”. Well, let’s see, because modern technology is modern,” the head of state said, referring to the process of creating an exact copy of an object based on an existing model.

    “If there is an opportunity to look inside and see if there is something that can be applied here, well, why not?” Putin asked.

    Speaking about modern military equipment in the Russian army, the president cited the T-90 Proryv tank as an example. “The best tank in the world! No exaggeration,” he said.

    The head of state also assessed the course of the Ukrainian counteroffensive. According to the president, it was not successful.

    “All attempts by the enemy to break through our defenses – and this is a task including the use of strategic reserves – they have not been successful for the entire time of the offensive,” the president emphasized. “Kyiv’s calculations did not materialize.” Why the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not start Over the past few days, the impression has been persistently that the offensive operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine … 15 June 20:24

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