Iranian drone downed over Kyiv
Ukraine has warned that Iran will face consequences after Iranian Shahed drones were used in a deadly attack on Kyiv.
Vladimir Putin’s forces launched their biggest drone attack of the war so far in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, killing one man and causing destruction across the city.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence said it shot down 52 of the 54 Shaded drones, which cost about 20 times less than a missile and are a cost-effective method of causing damage for Russia.
It is thought that Moscow may be employing drone strikes to force Kyiv into using up its dimishing stock of munitions by shooting them down and to get an idea of where air defences are located.
Russia and Iran have grown strategically closer following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February last year.
Moscow wants drones and ballistic missiles from Tehran while Iran is looking to benefit from Russian investment and trade.
Iranian officials say Russia has become the largest foreign investor in Iran over the last year, CNN reports.
Mykhailo Podolyak, the adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, commented on the two countries’ relationship following Sunday’s drone attack and warned of consequences.
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“Tehran has become a key ally of Moscow in this war, deliberately supplying it with weapons for attacks on civilian cities,” he tweeted.
“Tonight’s attack on Kyiv with 50 Shaheds on City Day is another eloquent confirmation of this truth,” he continued, making reference to an annual holiday celebrating the capital.
“In legal terms: Iran is doing this with direct intent and realizing the consequences of its actions. And there will definitely be consequences.”
Podolyak added: “Today, I would like to remind official Tehran of the basic laws of life, in particular the law of the boomerang. Do not be confused by the illusion of geographical remoteness or a misunderstanding of Ukraine’s priorities today.
“Once released, Shahed will definitely find its way to its manufacturer one day.”
Iran and reportedly thought to be modifying the drones so that their explosive warheads can inflict maximum damage on Ukrainian infrastructure targets.
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