Ukraine announced on Friday (23 September) that it would cut diplomatic ties to Iran due to Tehran’s decision not to provide Russian forces with drones. This was a move President Volodymyr Zeleskiy called “a collaboration of evil”.
Zelenskiy stated that eight unmanned aerial vehicles made in Iran had been destroyed so far during the conflict.
The United States and Ukraine accused Iran of providing drones to Russia. Tehran refutes this accusation.
“Today, the Russian army used Iranian drones to carry out its strikes. … “The world will be aware of every instance where evil has been collaborated with, and it will have corresponding penalties,” Zelenskiy stated in a late-night video address.
According to military authorities in Ukraine, they have shot down four unmanned helicopters of the Shahed-136 type “kamikaze” over the sea close to Odesa on Friday.
According to the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper, the air force claimed that it had successfully brought down a Mohajer-6 drone from Iran.
The Ukrainian foreign ministry stated that the drone supply had caused a severe blow to bilateral relations.
It stated that the Ukrainian side had decided to deny the Iranian ambassador his accreditation, and to reduce significantly the diplomatic staff at the Iranian embassy in Kyiv.
Since Manouchehr Moradi is not currently in Ukraine, the message was sent to the acting ambassador.
According to military experts, the drones could be used by Russia as reconnaissance or loitering munitions. They can wait their turn in finding and engaging suitable targets.
A senior US official stated that Russia had suffered “numerous failures”, due to Iranian-made drones purchased from Tehran.
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