During an attack in Kharkiv on Monday, when cluster bombs are suspected to have been used, nine people including three children lost their lives. Responding to the bombing of Kharkiv, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, David Lammy MP, said: “It is appalling that Vladimir Putin may have used cluster bombs in his unprovoked attack on the Ukrainian people.”
He added: “The ICC should urgently investigate whether a war crime has been committed and the rogue Russian regime should immediately withdraw.”
An expert told Express.co.uk that unless pressure from other countries is urgently imposed, the situation could deteriorate even more.
Sam Cranny-Evans, a Research Analyst for the Royal United Services Institute, said: “The Russian army will likely start to do more of this type of thing against civilians if they can’t achieve their goals through other means.”
Cluster munitions consist of a container that opens in the air and scatters large numbers of explosive submunitions (or ‘bomblets’) over a wide area.