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NATO accuses Russia of using banned cluster bombs

Says alliance won't implement no-fly zone in Ukraine


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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has accused Russia of using the banned cluster bombs in the fight against Ukraine.

NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Russian forces had used cluster bombs and that the organization had “seen reports of the use of other types of weapons which would be in violation of international law.”

“This is brutality. This is inhumane,” Stoltenberg added.

He said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko should be held accountable for their actions.

In a related development, the NATO head said that the alliance will not implement the no-fly zone in Ukraine sought by the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The NATO Secretary-General said that the military organization would not implement a no-fly zone or place troops on the ground in Ukraine, describing it as a “painful decision.”

“Allies agree that we should not have NATO planes operating over Ukrainian airspace or NATO troops on Ukrainian territory,” Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels after chairing a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

He said that bringing NATO troops or planes to Ukraine would only further escalate the conflict and bring about more destruction.

“If we did that, we would end up with something that that could end in a full fledged war in Europe involving many more countries and causing much more human suffering,” he added.

Meanwhile, world leaders have condemned the Russian attacks on a Ukrainian power plant.

The office of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will seek an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting after Russian troops in Ukraine attacked a nuclear power plant and sparked a fire.

Johnson’s office says he spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the early hours of the morning. He says Britain will raise the issue immediately with Russia and close partners.

“The Prime Minister said the reckless actions of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin could now directly threaten the safety of all of Europe,” Johnson’s office said in a statement. “He said (the United Kingdom) would do everything it could to ensure the situation did not deteriorate further.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he also spoke with Zelenskyy about the attacks on the power plant.

“These unacceptable attacks by Russia must cease immediately,” he said on Twitter.

China also said it is “seriously concerned about the safety and security” of nuclear facilities in Ukraine.

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