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Linda Thomas-Greenfield Ambassador of the United States to the UN condemns Russian actions

PHOTO By U.S. Mission to the United Nations

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Wednesday condemned the use of lethal weapons like cluster munitions and vacuum bombs by Russia against civilians in Ukraine.

Thomas-Greenfield's warning comes as the 193-member U.N. Security Council is about to vote on a resolution censuring Russia that it has invaded Ukraine. When Thomas-Greenfield spoke at the United Nations on Monday, she echoed allegations made by Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S., Oksana Markarova, which claimed that Russia has used a thermobaric weapon, also known as a vacuum bomb.

“We have seen videos of Russian forces moving exceptionally lethal weaponry into Ukraine which has no place on the battlefield,” the U.S. envoy to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told the General Assembly.
“That includes cluster munitions and vacuum bombs, which are banned under the Geneva Convention.”

In addition to cluster bombs, indiscriminately damaging munitions are cluster bombs. When a bomb drops from the air, it opens to disperse smaller bombs that are capable of causing greater destruction due to their large dispersal area.

Officials and lawmakers in the United States have warned that Russia is escalating its violence in Ukraine, which has resulted in attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians, including children.

March 3, 2022


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