Russia's use of Iranian drones likely to severe diplomatic ties

Russia's use of Iranian drones likely to severe diplomatic ties
Update: 18 October 2022 21:42
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Kyiv is preparing to cut diplomatic relations with Tehran after Russian air raids allegedly conducted by Iranian "kamikaze drones."

Ukraine's Foreign Minister said on Tuesday that he was submitting a proposal to the Ukrainian President to cut diplomatic ties with Tehran after Russia carried out its most recent attack on Ukrainian cities using drones, which according to Ukrainian oficials were supplied by Iran.

Ukraine earlier claimed that they identified the drones that hit Kyiv on Monday as Iranian Shahed-136 weapons, which are also called "kamikaze drones." Packed with explosives, the drones detonate upon impact.

While Iran denies supplying them to Russia, a senior US diplomat said the US "exposed publicly that Russia has received drones from Iran, that this was part of Russia's plan to import hundreds of Iranian drones of various types".

Vedant Patel, spokesperson for the US State Department also underlined that the drones in question are among the weapons that would remain embargoed.

Critical infrastructure was hit on Monday in Ukraine's Kyiv, Dnipro and Sumy regions, with electricity cut in hundreds of towns and villages, the Kyiv government said.

At least eight people were killed, four in Kyiv and four in Sumy.