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Ukraine moves to cut diplomatic ties with Iran after drone attacks

Ukraine’s foreign minister stated Tuesday (18 October) he was going to submit a proposal to President Volodymyr Zilenskiy to formalize diplomatic ties with Tehran after a series Russian attacks which used what Kyiv claims were Iranian-made drones.

Russia launched numerous “kamikaze” drones against targets in Ukraine Monday (17 October). They attacked energy infrastructure and killed many civilians.

According to Ukraine, the terrorist attacks were carried out using Iranian-made Shahed136 drones. Tehran denies that the drones were provided.

Dmytro Kuleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister ( pictured), stated that Kyiv was certain they are Iranian and was willing to share a “bagful of evidence” with European powers that were uncertain.

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Kuleba said that Tehran is responsible to all the damage done in Ukraine’s relations. “I propose to the president Ukraine severe diplomatic ties to Iran.”

Kuleba said that he had asked the European Union for sanctions against Iran, “for helping Russia to kill Ukrainians.”

He stated that “severe sanctions on Iran are especially relevant right now because we are witnessing reports regarding Iranian intentions to supply Russia ballistic missiles for the use against Ukrainians.”


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“The actions of Iran are evil, deceitful. They will not tolerate them, since Iran claimed that they didn’t support the war and would not back any side with weapons.

Kuleba said that Kyiv would immediately send an Israeli official letter requesting supplies of air defense equipment, and cooperating in this sector.

Israel did not immediately respond to Kuleba’s comments.

On Tuesday, Gideon Saar, a member of Israel’s decision-making security cabinet, stated to Army Radio that Israel did not support Ukraine with weapon systems or weaponry. This position is unchanged.

While Israel condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and offered humanitarian assistance to Kyiv it did not provide military aid. It expressed concern at Moscow’s continued cooperation in Syria.

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