Washington accuses Iran of sending military and drones to help Russia | War in Ukraine
This residential building was reportedly destroyed by a Russian drone strike, which local authorities consider Iranian-made.
The appearance of suicide drones in the Russian arsenal during the latest attacks in Ukraine targeting basic infrastructure appears to be a game-changer and angering the US, which accuses Iran of sending military “on the ground in Crimea” to aid Russian forces.
John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council for the US Presidency, did not mince words. According to him, the White House has evidence that Iranian soldiers were sent to Crimea, which was unilaterally annexed by Russia in 2014.
“We believe that Iranian military personnel were on the ground in Crimea and assisted Russia in these operations.
—John Kirby, Spokesman for the National Security Council for the U.S. Presidency
However, he said he did not know the number of Iranians in Crimea.
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Addressing the European Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia is turning his country's power grid into a battleground in attacks that drive the population away.
Russian drones have destroyed more than 30% of the country's power plants in a week, said Mr. Zelensky, who again called on European countries to provide the Ukrainian army with more sophisticated air defenses and to inflict to Moscow more economic sanctions to limit its capacities for financing the war.
Canadian Minister of National Defense Anita Anand has condemned in the strongest terms the series of egregious attacks by the Russian regime against Ukraine, made possible with the help of the Iranian regime and of his weapons.
“These attacks targeting civilians and energy and heating infrastructure are deplorable. »
— Anita Anand, Canadian Minister of National Defence
This building was reportedly destroyed after a drone attack in Kyiv.
The European Union (EU) has moreover, announced on Thursday sanctions against three Iranian military leaders and a company of this country, held responsible for having delivered the drones to Russia.
The day before , Russia and Iran have strongly denied to the UN any supply by Tehran of these armed drones to Moscow.
Russia's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polianski, decried baseless accusations, conspiracy theories and no evidence presented to the Security Council. Mr. Polianski claimed that the drones used by the Russian military in Ukraine were made in Russia.
Iran's ambassador, Amir Said Iravani, has also brushed off baseless and insubstantial allegations. He repeated that his country wanted a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.
Debris of an alleged Iranian drone in the hands of a Ukrainian policeman in kyiv.
Meanwhile, fighting continues at the front.
Based on the images from a video, CNN reports that a Russian military convoy near Stara Krasnyanka, in the eastern region of Luhansk, was hit by a Ukrainian missile.
The American channel claims to have geolocated and verified the authenticity of these images.
In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces have repeatedly struck Russian positions in the town of Kreminna, located just outside #x27;west of Sievierodonetsk.
With information from Agence France-Presse, La Presse canadienne, and CNN