“The US will send Ukraine a cluster munitions package to help in its counteroffensive against Russia.

The White House said it had postponed the decision for as long as it could because of the risk of civilian harm from such unexploded ordnance.

Ukraine has been asking for the weapons for months amid an ammunition shortage.

Cluster munitions – which are banned by more than 100 countries – are a class of weapon that contain multiple explosive bomblets called submunitions.”