Russia is targeting the Ukrainian capital Kyiv with newly-acquired Iranian suicide drones. “Waves of explosives-laden suicide drones struck Ukraine’s capital Monday, setting buildings ablaze, tearing a hole in one of them and sending people scurrying for cover or trying to shoot them down,’ The Associated Press reported Monday.
The Iranian-made ‘kamikaze’ drones, raining down on Kyiv’s residential areas, have apparently been programmed to hit civilian targets. “Previous Russian airstrikes on Kyiv were mostly with missiles. Analysts believe the slower-moving Shahed drones can be programmed to accurately hit certain targets using GPS unless the system fails,” the AP added.
Iran is shipping these drones in large numbers to Russia. “Despite the denial from Iran, Ukraine’s government estimates that Russia has ordered 2,400 of these drones,” NPR reported Tuesday.
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The BBC reported the havoc wreaked by Iranian-made drones:
Russia has hit Ukraine with a wave of attacks, dive-bombing the capital, Kyiv, with what appear to be Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones.
Critical infrastructure was hit in the Kyiv, Dnipro and Sumy regions, with electricity cut in hundreds of towns and villages, the government says.
At least eight people were killed, four in Kyiv and four in Sumy. (…)
In the latest attack, starting at around 06:30 (03:30 GMT), 28 drones targeted the capital but only five hit targets, according to the Mayor, Vitaliy Klitschko.
The city reverberated to the rattle of gunfire as anti-aircraft batteries frantically tried to shoot them down. Video on social media appeared to show one interception.
Biden Admin Says Iran Drone Exports ‘Violate’ UN Resolution
The Biden administration, currently negotiating the restoration of the Obama-era nuclear deal, has slammed the regime for violating the July 2015 UN Security Council Resolution, which forbids the transfer of arms to and from Iran. “It is our belief that these UAVs that were transferred from Iran to Russia and used by Russia in Ukraine are among the weapons that would remain embargoed under [the UNSC Resolution] 2231,” a U.S. State Department official was quoted saying on Tuesday.
Iran has pledged to supply Russia with additional drones and missiles as the war in Ukraine rages on.
“Iran has promised to provide Russia with surface to surface missiles, in addition to more drones, two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats told Reuters, a move that is likely to infuriate the United States and other Western powers,” Reuters reported Tuesday.
“A deal was agreed on Oct. 6 when Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, two senior officials from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards and an official from the Supreme National Security Council visited Moscow for talks with Russia about the delivery of the weapons,” the news agency added.
National Police officers shooting down an Iranian drone.
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Ukraine: Iranian Instructors ‘Overseeing’ Russian Drone Attacks
Iran is not only supplying attack drones. Its military has embedded itself in the Russian war effort. “Russian officials trained in Iran in recent weeks as part of an agreement on the transfer of drones between the two countries,” Reuters reported in August, citing U.S. State Department.
Iranian military instructors are stationed near the battlefield to assist Russians in launching drone attacks against Ukrainian targets, the Jerusalem Post reported:
Iranian instructors are overseeing Russian forces launching kamikaze drones from within annexed Ukrainian territory, the Ukrainian National Resistance Center claimed on Wednesday.
“The Russians took Iranian instructors to the territory of the temporarily occupied Kherson Region and Crimea to launch Shahed-136 kamikaze drones,” the government body alleged, citing Ukrainian underground resistance. “They teach the Russians how to use kamikaze drones, and directly monitor the launch of drones on Ukrainian civilian targets, including strikes on Mykolaiv and Odesa.”
The Ukrainian National Resistance Center said that the Iranian instructors are being housed at the Zaliznyi Port and Hladivtsi in the Kherson region, and in Dzhankoy in Crimea.
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