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Ukraine's Ministry of Defense to present report on the effectiveness of cluster munitions to the Pentagon

Ukraine's Ministry of Defense to present report on the effectiveness of cluster munitions to the Pentagon Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

This week, Ukraine's Ministry of Defense will share a report with the United States regarding the successful use of cluster munitions supplied by the U.S.

According to an interview with Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov by CNN, the report is expected to be transmitted to the Pentagon on either Monday or Tuesday, specifically July 24 or 25.

“We'll report about the consequences of this using [cluster munitions] so I think that next week I would have first report and I will share with my partners in Pentagon this reports. I hope that they will be more efficient than normal ammunition," Reznikov said.

Reznikov refrained from disclosing details until the report becomes available. However, he expressed his anticipation that the cluster munitions will be most effective, "especially against the artillery systems, especially during the counter battery fighting and also they will be efficient against the armored personnel carriers, for the infantry fighting vehicles, they will also be good against their infantry in the fields."

The exchange of this report is part of an agreement with the Pentagon concerning the receipt of cluster munitions, known as DPICMS, Reznikov added.

Cluster munitions

In early July, the U.S. provided Ukraine with cluster munitions. President Joe Biden stated that these projectiles would aid Ukrainian forces in extending their counteroffensive.

White House representative John Kirby declared last week that the Ukrainian forces are using the provided U.S. cluster munitions "appropriately" and "effectively" against Russia.

"They are using them for their intended purposes. They are effectively employing them, and they are indeed impacting Russian defensive orders and maneuvers," Kirby told journalists.

The U.S. stated that the decision to provide Ukraine with DPICM was due to a low supply of standard 155 mm artillery shells. According to U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, the provision of clusters is "temporary."