Use of cluster munitions in Ukraine "unacceptable"

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Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Reports have surfaced in recent days alleging the "widespread use" of banned cluster munitions in Ukraine.

That's what Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, the Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Political Affairs told the Security Council on Friday.

He said there were 12 documented incidents in eastern Ukraine in which 6 people were killed and dozens were wounded.

Cluster munitions release many small individual bombs when exploded and they leave behind dangerous remnants that kill and injure civilians.

Mr Fernandez-Taranco said such practices were utterly "unacceptable".

"On 22 October, in his meeting with the Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr Jeff Feltman, the Chargé d'Affaires of the Ukrainian Permanent Mission to the UN reiterated the official assurances by the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the Ukrainian armed forces "have never used and do not use weapons with cluster war heads". Such heinous practices if confirmed are utterly "unacceptable."

The Ukrainian government has agreed to assist and participate in an impartial investigation of such claims.

In 2008, 100 countries agreed to a complete ban on cluster munitions by signing a UN treaty.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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