The U.S. government is not saying there is “no evidence” Russia’s air force used cluster munitions in Ukraine, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday.
“There is no evidence that cluster munitions have been used in Ukraine,” Carter said at a news conference.
“But I think it’s fair to say that the fact that there are no reports of any Russian use of cluster munitions, and that the evidence is quite weak, certainly does not mean there isn’t a connection.”
The Pentagon also said it has no evidence the United States was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Carter said there is evidence Russia is responsible for that plane crash.
“I think there’s no question whatsoever that Russia was involved in that,” he said.
They’ve committed war crimes against civilians in the eastern parts of Ukraine, they’ve killed innocent civilians in Crimea and other parts of Eastern Ukraine. “
The Russians have not only violated international law in terms of their conduct, they have violated the law by the way they’ve carried out the campaign of terror against Ukraine.
They have not done anything to the people of Ukraine who are still suffering.”