In September, Russia began using Iranian ‘suicide drones’ in attacking Ukraine, after it reportedly received delivery of hundreds of units from Tehran.
Nine suicide drones were reportedly shot down by Ukrainian forces on Wednesday, with some 50 shot down throughout the week. Three drones operated by Russian forces attacked the small town of Makariv, west of Ukraine’s capital, early on Thursday with officials saying that critical infrastructure facilities were struck by what they said were Iran-made suicide drones.
France’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that any transfer of Iranian drones to Russia, something the US warned Iran against doing, would be a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers.
“We note a great deal of information that reports the use of Iranian drones by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine, in bombardments that were aimed at civilian targets and which likely constitute war crimes,” foreign ministry spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre said in a daily online briefing.
We saw what #Shahed136 do to Ukraine military – that's the smallest member of Iran's drones.
— UkraineNews (@Ukraine66251776) October 14, 2022
Israel might be providing “basic intelligence”
According to a report in The New York Times, a senior Ukrainian official has said that Israel is providing Ukraine with “basic intelligence” on the Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone being deployed by the Russian army.
Wednesday’s report, which cited an anonymous Ukrainian source, also said that a private Israeli security firm was giving the Ukrainians satellite imagery of Russian military positions.
In September, Oleg Nikolenko, the spokesman for Ukraine’s foreign ministry wrote that “in response to Iran supplying weapons to Russia to use in its war against Ukraine, today we announced the revocation of accreditation of the Iranian Ambassador in Kyiv, and a significant drawdown of diplomatic personnel at the Iranian embassy.”
VIDEO: President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia targeted Ukraine's energy infrastructure during strikes on several Ukrainian cities on Monday, including using Iran-made drones. pic.twitter.com/PwTkScPOeE
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) October 10, 2022