American-made cluster munitions have already arrived in Ukraine. Ukrainian forces will be able to use them in combat in a few days, said Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, in an interview with the BBC.
The general noted that recapturing Bakhmut from Russian troops would be strategically important. He said the city was "the gateway to other key cities in the region."
"Our people wait for victories. They need small victories," Syrskyi emphasized.
International humanitarian law bans the use of cluster munitions near populated places, but the Russians do it. That’s why the United States decided to provide Ukraine with these weapons.
During a conversation with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov said that the Ukrainian forces would use the dangerous munitions "wisely, with caution, and in strict accordance with previously-specified conditions..