Daniel Craig calls for an end to the use of ‘brutal and barbaric’ cluster bombs amid war in Ukraine – as former James Bond actor addresses UN conference | Daily Mail

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Former James Bond actor Daniel Craig is calling for an end to the use of ‘barbaric and brutal’ cluster bombs across the globe. 

The UN advocate against landmines, 54, – is addressing the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland via video link on Tuesday amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

The Convention on Cluster Munitions is pushing for an end to the production of the weapons – that work by breaking open when released from aircraft before splitting into several bombs. 

According to the government’s website, Craig will say in his speech: ‘Civilians all too often pay the price when these brutal weapons are used.

‘In my work with the United Nations Mine Action Service, I have seen how long after conflicts, damage caused by cluster munitions persists. Unbelievably, we are still seeing use of cluster munitions today, most recently in Ukraine.

‘Countries that still use and produce cluster munitions need to stop doing so. They are barbaric weapons used mainly on civilian populations to spread fear and anxiety.’ 

Craig has promoted a number of human rights causes throughout his career, such as HIV/AIDS discrimination, bullying, violence against women, and disadvantaged youth. 

He has also fronted campaigns to promote disaster relief efforts, to fight against poverty and homelessness and he has spoken out on conservation and the environment.

In April 2015, Craig was designated as the United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, with a mandate to bring attention to the thousands of people living in areas threatened by landmines and explosive remnants of war including improvised explosive devices. 

Craig has made dozens of videos supporting the vision of the United Nations for a mine-free world, he has visited minefields being cleared by the UN, raised resources for mine action work, and spoken on behalf of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) at international meetings. 

He is also a champion of the Secretary-General’s five-year Safe Ground campaign that aims to turn minefields into playing fields and raise awareness and resources for survivors of explosive ordnance accidents.

Last September Craig was appointed an Honorary Commander by the Royal Navy.

The actor said he was ‘truly privileged and honored’ to have been given the title, which awards him the same rank as his most famous character, James Bond.

He said: ‘I am truly privileged and honored to be appointed the rank of Honorary Commander in the senior service.’

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the head of the Royal Navy – who worked closely with Daniel and the crew on latest Bond movie No Time To Die – said the organization’s work was very similar to that done by the suave spy.

He said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Honorary Commander Daniel Craig to the Royal Navy. 

‘Our honorary officers act as ambassadors and advocates for the service, sharing their time and expertise to spread the message about what our global, modern, and ready Royal Navy is doing around the world.

‘Daniel Craig is well known for being Commander Bond for the last fifteen years – a naval officer who keeps Britain safe through missions across the globe. That’s what the real Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skill the same way as Bond himself.’ 

Craig is keen to support personnel within the Royal Navy, with a particular interest in service families. 

Radakin added: ‘I look forward to him getting to see more of our sailors and marines over the coming months and years.’

Craig’s appointment to the rank reflects his personal support for UK armed forces and links it with the legacy created through the guise of the fictional British secret agent. 

It comes after on Tuesday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged Russian troops to flee for their lives as his forces launched an offensive near the city of Kherson, saying Ukraine’s military were taking back their territory though Russia said the assault had failed.

Ukraine’s offensive in the south comes after weeks of a stalemate in a war that has killed thousands, displaced millions, destroyed cities and caused a global energy and food crisis amid unprecedented economic sanctions.

It has also fuelled worries of a radiation disaster being triggered by shelling of the south Ukraine Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, where Russian authorities on Tuesday reported artillery strikes near a spent fuel storage building.

Zelenskiy, in his nightly address late on Monday, vowed that Ukrainian troops would chase the Russian army ‘to the border’.

‘If they want to survive – it’s time for the Russian military to run away. Go home,’ he said.

‘Ukraine is taking back its own,’ Zelenskiy said.

Oleksiy Arestovych, a senior adviser to Zelenskiy, commenting on the offensive in the Kherson region, said Russian defences had been ‘broken through in a few hours’.

Ukrainian forces were shelling ferries that Russia was using to supply a pocket of territory on the west bank of the Dnipro river in the Kherson region, he added.

Britain’s defence ministry said Ukrainian forces had increased their artillery fire across the south and their long-range precision strikes were disrupting Russian resupplies.

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