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Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned President Joe Biden's decision to send cluster munitions as part of a new US aid package to Ukraine, warning that it could lead to World War III, NBC News reported.

Trump shared his stance in a lengthy statement issued by his campaign. The statement comes five days after the Pentagon formally announced the decision.

"Joe Biden should not be dragging us further toward World War III by sending cluster munitions to Ukraine — he should be trying to END the war and stop the horrific death and destruction being caused by an incompetent administration," Trump said.

Trump repeated the argument made by many critics — including those on the left — saying that unexploded cluster munitions "will be killing and maiming innocent Ukrainian men, women, and children for decades to come, long after the war."

The former President also criticized Biden for saying in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria over the weekend that the reason for sending the munitions was because the US itself is low on ammunition.

"[T]he Ukrainians are running out of ammunition. ... This is a war relating to munitions, and they are running out of that ammunition and we're low on it," Biden said.

"A great breach of classified information," said Trump in his statement, adding, "It certainly means we should not be sending Ukraine our last stockpiles at a time when our own arsenals, according to Crooked Joe Biden, are so perilously diminished."

He added that Biden's "humiliating admission that the USA is now out of ammo" is "something our enemies are undoubtedly salivating over."

The White House didn't immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment about whether Biden shared classified information publicly.

Trump concluded his statement Tuesday by saying there must be an immediate end to "the bloodshed in Ukraine" and a "return to a focus on America’s vital interests."

Trump told the Reuters news agency in an interview that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been "somewhat weakened" by an aborted mutiny and that now is the time for the United States to try to broker a negotiated peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine.

"I want people to stop dying over this ridiculous war," Trump said in the interview.

He has previously claimed that the Ukraine war would never have happened under his watch and that he could broker a deal between Russia and Ukraine in 24 hours.

Responding on Sunday to that assertion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told ABC, “It seems to me that the sole desire to bring the war to an end is beautiful. But this desire should be based on some real-life experience. Well, it looks as if Donald Trump had already these 24 hours once in his time. We were at war, not a full-scale war, but we were at war, and as I assume, he had that time at his disposal, but he must have had some other priorities.”

“If we are talking about ending the war at the cost of Ukraine, in other words to make us give up our territories, well, I think, in this way, Biden could have brought it to an end even in five minutes, but we would not agree,” added the Ukrainian President.