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​Ukraine Awaits for Green Light on Cluster Munitions Supplies, Which Would be an Ideal Weapon Against Entrenched russian Forces

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Ukrainian artillerymen firing an M777 artillery gun on the frontline / Illustrative photo credit: Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Ukrainian artillerymen firing an M777 artillery gun on the frontline / Illustrative photo credit: Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

If we consider just the United States' stocks only, there are 3 million DPICM artillery munitions that could be delivered to Ukraine. The question is, whether the allies will be approve the transfer

There are piles of cluster ammunition called DPICM that are stored in the warehouses of the US Army, and these weapons would be of great help to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in their fight against the russian invasion. Some American defense officials agree on that point, Reuters reports citing Pentagon.

As noted by Laura Cooper, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, the Pentagon's military analysts "have confirmed that DPICMs would be useful especially against dug in russian positions on the battlefield."

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Illustrative image: an example of the internal layout of the M864 cluster munition with M42 submunitions
The internal layout of an M864 DPICM cluster munition with M42 submunitions / Image credit: CAT UXO

However, the provision of this ammunition has faced both restrictions by the Congress imposed on the transfer of this type of weapon and "concerns about allied unity," Cooper says. On that note, we can recall that Estonia also has cluster munitions that it could give to Ukraine but needed Germany's approval for that. Back then, there were the same concerns of disagreement between the allies.

Both Germany and France adopted a firm stance against the US supplying DPICM munitions to Ukraine. The pretext is "traditional" – they are wary of "escalation."

On the other hand, if the US Congress does greenlight the transfer of cluster ammunition to Ukraine, it would not only level-up the existing capabilities available to the Ukrainian army but also would help to mitigate the deficit of 155mm artillery rounds in general – since there are as many as 3 mln DPICMs in the US stocks.

US soldier carries an M864 DPICM munition
US soldier carries an M864 DPICM munition / Illustrative photo credit US Department of Defense
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