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Ukraine: Russia Attacks Kyiv With Iranian-Made Kamikaze Drones

Ukraine: Russia Attacks Kyiv With Iranian-Made Kamikaze Drones

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the drones hit the “designated objects.”

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed it hit “all designated targets” in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday morning with Iranian-made Kamikaze drones:

It also claimed to have thwarted an attempt by Ukraine to breach its defences in the southern Kherson region.

The ministry said: “During the day, Russia’s armed forces continued to strike with high-precision long-range air and sea-based weapons at military command facilities and Ukraine’s energy system.

“All designated objects were hit.”

Iran has repeatedly denied supplying weapons to Russia. This is the second time in a week Russia has used these Iranian-made kamikaze drones in Ukraine:

The kamikaze drones used to attack Kyiv are thought to have been sold to Russia by Tehran.

There is increasing concern among Ukraine’s allies of the impact Iranian support could have on the Russian army.

Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that Tehran is considering stepping up its supplies to Moscow, including with the sale of short-range ballistic missiles. These would be the first sold to Russia by an outside nation since the start of the war.

Israel might change its mind about the war:

In Israel, a senior minister suggested it was time for Israel to get off its diplomatic tightrope and send military aid to Ukraine.

“There is no longer any doubt where Israel should stand in this bloody conflict,” Nachman Shai, the minister for diaspora affairs said. “The time has come for Ukraine to receive military aid as well, just as the USA and Nato countries provide.”

Putin’s BFF Dmitry Medvedev warned Israel not to do it: “Israel appears to be getting ready to supply weapons to the Kyiv regime. A very reckless move. It would destroy all bilateral relations between our countries.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky unleashed his anger on Telegram:

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has said Russia will receive “only fair punishment” following its heaviest bombardment of Kyiv and other cities since the start of the war.

He said on Telegram: “All night and all morning the enemy terrorizes the civilian population. Kamikaze drones and missiles are attacking all of Ukraine. A residential building was hit in Kyiv.

“The enemy can attack our cities, but it won’t be able to break us. The occupiers will get only fair punishment and condemnation of future generations. And we will get victory.”

Ukraine’s military said it had destroyed 37 Russian drones since Sunday evening, or around 85% of those involved in attacks.

Ukrainian officials reported three deaths in a residential building, including a couple expecting their first baby. Authorities have rescued 19 people so far.

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Comments

Iranian-made, US-financed.

    guyjones in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 17, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Likely funded by some of those pallets of cash and gold that vile narcissist-incompetent, Obama, clandestinely shipped to Iran’s despots in the dead of night, as a sweetener to his indefensible, foolish, naive and vanity-driven capitulation/appeasement to that regime, farcically characterized as a “deal” by the water-carrying, mainstream media lackeys.

      Tell us how you really feel.

        guyjones in reply to GWB. | October 17, 2022 at 4:06 pm

        I despise the guy; he makes me sick. A manifestly awful, destructive President, a pathological narcissist, a thin-skinned egomaniac, and, an obscene, wealth-amassing hypocrite, now strutting about as if he were some allegedly sagacious and accomplished elder statesman.

          henrybowman in reply to guyjones. | October 17, 2022 at 4:33 pm

          I genuinely had to go back a few comments to determine whether you were describing Biden or Zelensky, because the criticism fit either to a T.

          henrybowman in reply to guyjones. | October 17, 2022 at 4:34 pm

          (Hit the enter prematurely.) And ha ha, the joke’s on me — there’s an option C!

    MattMusson in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 17, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Not near as deadly as the thousands of switchblade kamikaze drones made by the USA and sent to Ukraine.

    henrybowman in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 17, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    (Hit the enter prematurely.) And ha ha, the joke’s on me — there’s an option C!

I wonder if this will now make it more difficult for Brandon to do a new Iran deal.

UnCivilServant | October 17, 2022 at 9:43 am

Wouldn’t those just be guided bombs?

    UnCivilServant in reply to UnCivilServant. | October 17, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Sorry, Guided Missiles.

    Oversoul Of Dusk in reply to UnCivilServant. | October 17, 2022 at 9:59 am

    I don’t understand the phrase “kamikaze drone”. It seems to be today’s click-bait deployed by the whole lamestream media.

    I’ve always understood “kamikaze” to mean a suicide attack involving a manned vehicle of some sort. A “drone” is unmanned. I agree with your “guided missile” terminology.

    Are we supposed to think there’s something special about a bomb committing suicide when it hits its target (like every bomb ever)?

    CommoChief in reply to UnCivilServant. | October 17, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Yep. They are a poor man’s guided missile. Now consider how ubiquitous these drones are becoming with package delivery companies using them. Add in the map data and coordinates available from the many map services online.

    It doesn’t take much imagination to see how useful this could be to someone with bad intentions in Western Nations.

    daniel_ream in reply to UnCivilServant. | October 17, 2022 at 11:21 am

    No. The term “kamikaze drone” is accurate, although confusing. They are airframes capable of launching without a typical launch tube apparatus, because they have small prop engines rather than rocket motors. That’s why they can be launched from anywhere, like the backs of civilian trucks.

    Because they’re airframes, they can be launched without a target and loiter in the deployment zone. Once given a target, they can home in on it on their own and fly into it, detonating the on board warhead. This (obviously) destroys the drone, hence the word “kamikaze”. Most military drones, like the Predator, are armed with guns or separate missiles; they fire their payload and return to base for re-arming and refueling.

      What does that launch method have to do with whether they are “missiles” or not?
      Absolutely nothing.

      Everything you described is true of precision guided munitions we normally call “missiles”.

        daniel_ream in reply to GWB. | October 18, 2022 at 4:19 pm

        You don’t actually know what a rocket or a missile is, do you?

        If you can’t understand how the launch and flight characteristics of a solid fuel rocket motor differ from a pusher-prop airframe, I can’t help you. You’re just being a dick for the sake of being a dick rather than trying to understand why this technology is different and why it matters.

      Otto Kringelein in reply to daniel_ream. | October 17, 2022 at 1:09 pm

      Nah, the term “kamikaze drone” is being used just to stir up images of those films you still see of Japanese kamikaze pilots dive bombing into U.S. warships towards the end of WWII to generate more outrage from the ignorant people and the usual war mongering politicians infesting the U.S. Congress so that they can try and justify the pointless waste of billions of taxpayer USD being sent to that fraud Zelenskyy. (And perhaps send him BILLIONS more.)

      It’s all just propaganda. Nothing more.

      Free State Paul in reply to daniel_ream. | October 17, 2022 at 6:11 pm

      They are best described as mini-cruise missiles.

What a country whose army has been defeated in the field resorts to.

    CommoChief in reply to Whitewall. | October 17, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    The use of drones as weapons is pretty standard. It’s simply exploiting a relatively cheap tech as a delivery system. Especially for Nations or non Nation State actors who don’t enjoy an endless defense budget.

    Drones are hella useful. The Chinese are expected to use drone ‘swarms’ to penetrate our ship’s anti air defense in the case of a conflict. A thousand drones at even $20K each is $20 Million spent to potentially destroy a Nimitz class Carrier at roughly $10 Billion or a Ford class at roughly $15 Billion. Lot’s of bang for the buck and also extremely useful in asynchronous warfare.

Russian-Ukrainians?

From Tripoli where we backed the terrorists to Iran where we backed the regime to Kiev where we backed the coup eight years in progress.

First. What kind of idiots are shooting into the air?

Second. Reports are that Russia has licensed the drone technology and are building their own, at a quick rate.

at $20k apiece, they’re damned cheap for a delivery system–particularly compared to the potential loss of a manned system with a multi-million dollar aircraft and crew

they’re relatively slow so are vulnerable to groundfire and aerial destruction from opposing aircraft–does ukraine have a viable airforce?–why not designated “no fly zones” as we have here over certain facilities?–and shoot them all down

the mobile launchers could be handled by attack helos directly or in concert with attack aircraft–spotter / shooter teams

just about any air defense system operating at 80% or above is doing a decent job though certainly doesn’t mitigate the loss of life created by the ones that get through

    thad_the_man in reply to texansamurai. | October 17, 2022 at 11:58 am

    You do realize that Russia has air supremacy?

      The_Mew_Cat in reply to thad_the_man. | October 17, 2022 at 2:42 pm

      No they don’t. If Russia had air supremacy, they would be carpet bombing the Ukrainian Army. Right now they can’t even fly their planes without getting shot down. That is why they have resorted to missiles and Iranian drones.

      thad_the_man in reply to thad_the_man. | October 17, 2022 at 6:15 pm

      My mistake I ment air superiority. damn those people for having two states beginning with “sur”.

    “Cheap” is because they’re made by Iranian labor. Made in the US, they’d have to move the decimal point over by one, maybe two.

    “Relatively slow” is relative. Trying to locate, let alone lock onto such a small target at low altitude is a giant technological problem. Faster can be *worse* in that case since radar doppler can pick out faster objects easier.

    Mobile launchers are mobile, and BEHIND the lines. Remember the huge PITA that Iraqi Scud missile launchers were? Ten times the size hiding in desert terrain, and the US still couldn’t destroy them fast enough with total air superiority and massive technical advantage.

    Iran is beta-testing their new murderous weapons for use against Israel, and Russia is both paying for it and giving technological pointers.

    Free State Paul in reply to texansamurai. | October 17, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    “at $20k apiece, they’re damned cheap for a delivery system–”

    Also a lot cheaper than the SAM that takes them down.

is that actually the case?–with a kill rate above 80%, would suspect that not all of that is ground response–and if it is, they’re doing a damned good job

as slow as they are, eventhough they’re small, below 1,500 feet or so they’re vulnerable to small arms fire and evidently they’re some ukranians who can shoot

    They may be vulnerable and folks might be able to hit them once they see them.
    Spotting and identifying them is very difficult, though.

    A thought – use trained raptors to take them down. I seem to recall a program to do that. The birds are created to see bird-size objects moving across the sky and to target them.
    Of course, getting that program going, the birds trained, and distributed in Ukraine might take longer than the war will last.

      Free State Paul in reply to GWB. | October 17, 2022 at 7:57 pm

      LOL!

      A “trained raptor” would have about as much success stopping one of these drones as a dog would have stopping a speeding SUV

    Free State Paul in reply to texansamurai. | October 17, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    “with a kill rate above 80%, would suspect that not all of that is …”

    LOL! You believe the Zelensky Regime’s propaganda? You probably believe Russia blew up Nord Stream pipeline, and that Putin targets playgrounds and hospitals on purpose.

PuttingOnItsShoes | October 17, 2022 at 1:46 pm

I thought Russia was out of weaponry?

    Russia has plenty of weaponry they haven’t used. The Russians have a crapton of artillery and more shells for it than they can count. It’s not sexy but given the situation they may be forced into using it at some point.

    Where Russia is behind is in quantities of more advanced munitions. Ukraine has been gifted increased amounts of it, so much so that NATO stockpiles are becoming depleted. Given the Ukrainian government seems hell bent on pushing Russia out of the contested Donbas region and Crimea and the leadership of the West has pushed for this then Russia may be forced to deploy tactics and weapons they have held back.

    Despite the noise the Russians have been surprisingly gentle about destroying Ukrainian infrastructure such as bridges, railways, dams, airfields, power generation, water supply. The Ukrainian government may yet impose a cost on Ukrainian assets that haven’t been deliberately targeted yet.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to CommoChief. | October 17, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      ‘The Ukrainian government may yet impose a cost on Ukrainian assets that haven’t been deliberately targeted yet.’

      The Ukrainians are droning their own population centers?

      There’s a distinction between those imposing the cost, and those who generated the excuse they are using.

        Free State Paul in reply to BierceAmbrose. | October 17, 2022 at 6:28 pm

        Ukrainians have been terror-shelling fellow Ukrainians in the Donbas for eight years.

        Amnesty International reported Ukrainians committed war crimes by using fellow Ukrainians as human shields, but TPTB made them withdraw it for “further study.”

        Many if not most of the civilians executed in Bucha were killed by their Ukrainian “liberators.”

        Russian collaborators are being arrested and ??? by “filtration units” in every town recaptured by the Ukrainians.

        This is a civil war that has been going on for years. Banderites killing Russophones

        CommoChief in reply to BierceAmbrose. | October 17, 2022 at 7:26 pm

        BA,

        The Ukrainian govt declared that their end state of these conflict includes Ukrainian control of Crimea. The Russians won’t let that happen without using weapons and tactics they have so far declined to use.

        The Ukrainian govt attack on the bridge linking Crimea was an attempt to cut off the Peninsula. That did a few things that their Ukrainians may regret.

        1. It widened the areas in conflict and therefore at genuine risk of attack; the combat action was almost exclusively in the Donbas and/or along contested areas in the NE. Now that has changed thus new attacks on Kiev.
        2. Striking infrastructure; bridge/road vital for movement of supplies. Lots of rail, road and airport throughout Ukraine that haven’t really been selected as targets just became targets.

        IMO the Russians were not justified in invading. My opinion doesn’t count. The opinion of the Russian leadership is what counts. The US, UK and EU Nations are continually pushing for wider sanctions. They keep supplying additional arms. They obstruct cease fire plans.

        In addition the US and Ukraine have called d for regime change in Russia. That doesn’t leave much space for any offramp to end this conflict on terms the Russian leaders might live with. All of this means the Russians have less incentives to be restrained in what tactics and weapons they may choose to use in the future. Those tactics and weapons will be deployed in Ukraine against the Ukrainian people.

        Seems like a bad idea to push Putin into a corner with his finger on the nuclear button to me. Especially when he is portrayed as an unstable leader or a madman who basically DGF. You seem to disagree and are hoping the plucky Ukrainians will somehow defeat Russia without wider consequences for the world. Some of those consequences are already here; fuel crisis for EU, economic system endangered, looming famine with more bad consequences to follow in the early months of next year.

        Putin is a bad guy. Make no mistake. He is one of many bad guys in the world. He however is one of the few with the nuclear arsenal and ability to shut down the flow of critical inputs needed for the modern economy; oil, NG, rare earth metals, grain even fertilizer.

      The_Mew_Cat in reply to CommoChief. | October 17, 2022 at 2:40 pm

      The Russians have done little damage to things they want to use for themselves. Once the gloves come off and Russia uses nukes, that restraint will be gone.

        Free State Paul in reply to The_Mew_Cat. | October 17, 2022 at 6:33 pm

        Russia has no need to use nukes and has made zero threats to use them against the Ukraine.

        If anyone uses nukes, it will be the US, when the Obiden Regime realizes it backed another loser.

It is just a little (and expensive) cruise missile.