The use of cluster munitions poses a threat, first of all, to the civilian population, and, moreover, in a fairly long term: small charges scatter over the area of several football fields and can explode upon accidental interaction. This was told to Lente.ru by a combat veteran, captain of the first rank of the reserve Vasily Dandykin.
“Cluster munitions explode in the air, but partially fall to the ground. They pose a threat to the civilian population, ordinary people who can accidentally step on them and blow themselves up. The ammunition consists of cassettes, small bombs that disperse at a very large distance and, in principle, do not differ much from the Petal mines. This is a huge danger for children, for the elderly, for the entire civilian population, ”Dandykin emphasized. According to the military, the United States, which can transfer these ammunition to Ukraine, indicates that their weapons are the most modern, that all small ammunition explodes in the air. But, according to Dandykin, this is not so. He also stressed that it is extremely difficult to safely defuse these “small bombs”. “Rockets stuffed with Petals were dropped in Donetsk. There were many injured. It is very difficult to neutralize something that has fallen on the ground: such a trifle scatters over the area of several football fields. It’s not as easy as removing a mine. And, if the military at least wear helmets, body armor, then the civilian population is absolutely defenseless against these mines and fragments, ”the captain concluded. Earlier it was reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden on July 7 will announce a new package of military assistance to Ukraine, which will include cluster munitions. US officials believe that the supply of cluster munitions will give Kyiv an advantage as its stockpile of conventional weapons dwindles.