Iran admits delivering drones to Russia before it invaded Ukraine | War in Ukraine
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (right) with the leader of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov on August 31 in Moscow.
Iran admitted on Saturday for the first time to supplying drones to Russia before the invasion of Ukraine at the end of February, thus confirming accusations by kyiv against Moscow, suspected of using Iranian drones to attack civilians and infrastructure.
“We supplied Russia with a limited number of drones months before the war in Ukraine.
—Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iranian Foreign Minister
This announcement by Mr. Amir-Abdollahian was reported by the official IRNA agency.
This is the first time that Tehran reports on the delivery of drones to Moscow, Iran having limited itself in recent weeks, despite repeated accusations from kyiv and its Western allies, to denying these claims.
This Russian drone photographed in kyiv matches the description of an Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone, according to Ukrainian authorities .
Even in making this confession, they lied, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reacted in the evening, accusing Iranian leaders of minimizing the number of drones delivered.
We shoot down at least 10 Iranian drones every day, while the Iranian regime says it would have given little and even before the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Mr. Zelensky. In just one day yesterday, 11 Shaheds were destroyed. We know for certain that Iranian instructors taught Russian terrorists how to use drones, and Tehran in general remains silent about this, he added.
kyiv had already claimed several days ago that about 400 Iranian drones had already been used against the Ukrainian population and that Moscow had ordered about 2000 of them.
For the Ukrainian President , if Iran continues to lie about obvious things, it means that the world will make even more efforts to investigate the terrorist cooperation between the Russian and Iranian regimes and what Russia pays to Iran for such cooperation.
That only one of the terrorists or their accomplices goes unpunished will not exist in the modern world, Mr. Zelensky concluded on this subject.
Tehran must realize that the consequences of complicity in Russia's […] crimes against Ukraine will be far greater than the benefit of Russia's support, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had earlier said. Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko.
On Saturday, the head of Iranian diplomacy said he was ready to examine any evidence from kyiv of the use of Iranian drones in the conflict.
Ukrainian policeman in Kyiv shows debris from suspected Iranian drone.
Tehran's confessions about these drone deliveries to Moscow further mark the rapprochement between Russia and Iran that has begun in recent months in the face of a Ukraine largely supported by the United States and the EU and while China steers clear of any direct involvement in the war.
Iran, however, denied on Saturday that its country provided missiles to the Russia, deeming these accusations completely false.
Press reports had reported in recent days about potential deliveries of Iranian surface-to-surface missiles to Russia.
Despite Tehran's denials in recent weeks, the EU and the United Kingdom had announced new sanctions targeting three Iranian generals and an arms company responsible for supplying Russia with suicide drones to bomb Ukraine.
In September, kyiv for its part decided to considerably reduce its diplomatic relations with Tehran.
Faced with excessive electricity demand on Saturday, the Ukrainian operator Energo announced that it had implemented additional restrictions […] in the form of emergency interruptions.
< p class="e-p">Several regions are affected, including the capital kyiv, while power cuts had already been in place for several days so that civilians limit their electricity consumption.
The Ukrainian electricity system has been heavily affected by numerous Russian strikes in recent weeks, raising fears of a winter without electricity and water for many civilians.
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On the ground in the northeast, the commander of the Ukrainian 127th brigade, Roman Gryshchenko, described to AFP a stabilized situation with rare drone and artillery attacks as well as commando operations. Russians in the region, recovered by the Ukrainians in September.
However, we are advancing as quickly as possible in all directions, he welcomed the village recaptured from Starytsya, three kilometers from the Russian border.
In the south, according to the Ukrainian presidency, the Russian occupiers are trying to identify the inhabitants who refuse to be evacuated from Kherson to the territories occupied by Moscow troops, further from the front line, or even to Russia itself.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin justified these evacuations for the first time, saying he believed that civilians should be kept away from the most dangerous combat zones.
Ukraine has once again denounced a policy of deportations.
The Russian Ministry of Defense for its part claimed on Saturday to have destroyed a radar station [used] for anti-aircraft missiles S-300 and intercepted 27 American HIMARS in the Kherson region.
Further east, a judge of the Donetsk Republic Supreme Court was shot and injured on Friday and is in serious condition, Russian occupation authorities said on Saturday.
< p class="e-p">The Interior Ministry of this region annexed at the end of September by Moscow in eastern Ukraine, however, did not give more details on the modus operandi nor on the reasons for this attack.
According to Denis Pushilin, a senior official of the Russian occupation authority, Mr. Nikulin convicted Nazi war criminals, referring to the Kiev regime with the terminology used by the Kremlin to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In the city n occupied Melitopol, the Russian occupation authorities have announced that they have replaced a statue of Lenin that was torn down during the 2014 revolution.