Iran-linked drones shot down as Russia ramps up airstrikes: Ukraine !

A damaged drone is photographed on the streets of Sanaa, Yemen, after it was shot down on May 23, 2022. The Ukrainian military said Thursday that it had destroyed several Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones.
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Ukraine says it has destroyed several Iranian-made “kamikaze” aircraft that Russia used in an attempt to escalate air attacks.

Command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine He said On Facebook, four Iranian Shahed-136 drones were “immediately shot down” in the Mykolaiv region with medium-range anti-aircraft missiles on Thursday. Operational Command of Southern Ukraine (OCS) He said At least five Iranian drones, which were used in Russian attacks that caused damage but no casualties on Thursday, were destroyed in the area.

“The enemy continues aerial reconnaissance using drones and also carries out air attacks using Iran’s Shahid-136 kamikaze drones,” OCS said in a Facebook account. Mail. “In this way, the infrastructure of the port of Uchakov was again bombed. Our units shot down one of the two attacking drones, and the other hit a port tugboat. Firefighters immediately put out the fire. There were no casualties.”

The post continued, “Another kamikaze drone attacked ‘Shahed-136’ Kryvyi Rih.” “As a result of an injury to a two-story non-residential building, a fire broke out, which was immediately extinguished. There were no injuries.”

Ukraine said a Russian reconnaissance drone was also destroyed in Mykolaiv. Several howitzers, tanks and armored vehicles were also reported to have been destroyed, while Ukraine claimed to have killed at least 27 Russian soldiers. NEWSWEEK He did not independently verify any of Ukraine’s allegations.

In addition to the drone attacks, Thursday’s Russian attacks allegedly included a large number of missile and artillery attacks. Russia was said to have “terrorized” the Nikopol region with missile attacks, killing a Ukrainian civilian and destroying schools, a museum and apartment buildings.

The Office of Internal Support Services warned the Ukrainian population to “panic” while urging them to heed government warnings and remain vigilant in the face of potential new air attacks, including further strikes by kamikaze drones.

“Don’t panic, but watch the situation,” OCS said. He added, “The enemy may activate missile terrorism, increase bombing and continue to launch unmanned kamikaze planes. Do not ignore messages about air danger, monitor the conditions and behavior of the suspects, and inform the competent authorities.”

Ukraine also reported the destruction of a Shahed-136 drone near the front lines of the war in the Kharkiv region this month. Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Russia is being forced to use weapons sourced from countries such as Iran and North Korea because of its dwindling supplies.

The Iranian-made drones are technically superior to the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 combat aircraft used by the Ukrainian military, and have the ability to fly nearly 1,100 miles while carrying 500-pound payloads more.

Iran has previously denied sending Shahid-136 drones or any other weapons to Russia. However, the country’s Revolutionary Guards commander later bragged about arming the world’s great powers, according to the Associated Press.

White House Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said on August 30 Press Conference Iran sent two Shahed-136 and Mohajer-6 drones to Russia, with the drones transferred to Russia “over the course of several days in August.”

NEWSWEEK Contact the Russian government for comment.

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