Worrying evidence of cluster munition use in Ukraine
Photographs and videos circulating online suggest that cluster
munitions have been used in Ukraine, but the circumstances surrounding
their use remains unclear.
From the visual evidence, the Armament Research Services blog has
identified the remnants of a 300mm 9M55K cargo rocket anda 9N235
fragmentation submunition. The images were reportedly taken at
Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine.
Circumstances surrounding the incident of use, including who employed
the cluster munitions remain unclear and investigations continue. The
9M55K rocket is fired from the 9K58 Smerch multiple-launch rocket
system, which is known to stockpiled by both Ukraine and Russia.
Ukraine and Russia are not party to the 2088 Convention on Cluster
Munitions, which comprehensively bans cluster munitions and requires
their clearance and victim assistance.
The Cluster Munition Coalition condemns all use of this horrific
weapon, by any actor under any circumstances.