Amnesty: Russian forces use cluster munitions 7 times in Ukraine city

Amnesty International reports that Russian forces have used cluster munitions seven times in Ukraine's second largest city Kharkiv, killing a number of civilians.

International conventions currently ban the use of cluster munitions, which eject smaller submunitions, on the basis of indiscriminate cruelty.

Amnesty International sent researchers to the city of Kharkiv following a report that cluster munitions were being used.

The researchers interviewed 160 people, including survivors from Russian assaults. They also collected and analyzed material evidence from strike locations.

In a report released on Monday, Amnesty International said that staff found fragments of components which were unique to cluster munitions.

The organization concluded that Russian troops carried out seven cluster munition strikes in neighborhoods across Kharkiv, between late February and the end of April.

The report said that at least nine civilians were killed "when Russian forces rained down cluster munitions" in the city on April 15.

The report highlighted the example of a woman who died after suffered devastating injuries in one such attack. Her husband and four-year-old daughter survived.

Amnesty International said that the repeated bombardment of residential neighborhoods in Kharkiv were indiscriminate attacks which constitute war crimes.

The report urged that "all perpetrators are brought to justice through independent, impartial, and fair trials for all crimes under international law."