War in Ukraine: Short of weapons, Russian military begins using Iranian suicide drones

Russia has begun using Iranian-made drones in Ukraine.

Short of arms, Russia has turned to third countries since August to supply its army, which invaded Ukraine on February 24.

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After receiving its first Iranian drones in late August, the Russian armed forces reportedly used them in the field for the first time a few days ago.

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“Russia sends mostly Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or kamikaze drones) to Ukraine for the first time” British Defense Minister reveals on Wednesday 14 September.

“On September 13, 2022, Ukrainian officials said their forces shot down a Shahed-136 drone near Kubiansk, in the area of ​​a successful counterattack by Ukraine.” The ministry added in a statement from the Defense Intelligence Agency posted on Twitter.

2,500 km

The Shahed-136 is a one-way attack drone with a range of up to 2,500 kilometers. “Similar Iranian-made systems may have been used in attacks in the Middle East, including attacks against the tanker MT Mercer Street in July 2021.”Remember the British.

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As Russia depletes its own stockpile, it increasingly acquires weapons from other internationally banned countries such as Iran and North Korea.

The loss of the Shahed-136 near the front lines suggests that Russia is trying to use the weapon for tactical strikes rather than targeting targets inside Ukrainian territory.

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