Russia lashes out at US ‘shameless’ defense of Kiev’s ‘proper’ use of cluster bombs

Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov has lashed out at Washington for its “shameless” and “outrageous” support of Ukraine’s use of globally banned cluster munitions, noting that the bombs have already killed a Russian journalist.

In a statement posted on Telegram, Antonov slammed Pentagon Press Secretary Pat Ryder on Thursday for his remarks claiming that the US has “all indications” that Ukraine is “properly” employing cluster munitions.

“Attempts by US officials to portray Ukraine’s use of controversial cluster munitions as appropriate and legitimate are shameless and outrageous,” Antonov said.

He further cited Ukraine’s July 22 shelling with cluster bombs which killed a Russian reporter who worked for RIA Novosti. Three other journalists were also wounded.

“I would like to know whether ‘the proper use’ of cluster bombs is also true for the assassination of Russian journalist Rostislav Zhuravlev,” Antonov said.

“Is there any limit to the cynicism of the Pentagon functionaries who make such statements?” he added.

Antonov also said “Ukrainian terrorists” have orchestrated assassination of several high-profile Russian figures with Western weapons and are responsible for death of hundreds of children.

He further slammed Kiev for regularly shelling residential areas, staging “terrorist attacks” on the Crimean Bridge and civilian ships, and carrying out strikes on the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, and held Ukraine and the US accountable for the “lawlessness.”

“Responsibility for all this lawlessness lies with both Kiev and Washington,” Antonov said.

Earlier this month, Ukrainian armed forces shelled civilian targets, including a university, in the Russian-controlled Donetsk City with banned cluster munitions twice on the same day.

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