Ukraine’s center for national resistance has claimed that personnel linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) taught Russians on how to use Shahed-136 “Kamikaze” drones in occupied Kherson and Crimea.
Iranian instructors are reportedly based in the settlements of Zalizniy Port and Hladivtsi in Kherson region; as well as in Dzhankoy in Crimea. The personnel directly oversee Russia’s use of the said loitering munitions, as per reports.
On October 17, Ukraine’s military wrote on Facebook that “the enemy used Iranian Shahed-136 UAVs in strikes launched from the territory of Belarus” and the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia. As many as 83 Russian missiles and drones were launched against civilian infrastructure targets.
“Russia and Iran unite to spread terror and death. Shahed-136 is just one of their tools, along with Kalibr, Iskander, Kinzhal missiles, Mojaher-6 drones, Fateh-110, Zolfaghar,” Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s defense minister, tweeted Monday.
The same day, Ukraine’s defense ministry said its military managed to shoot down 37 Shahed-136 drones and three cruise missiles in 13 hours.
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Israel helping Kyiv with Intelligence On Iranian Kamikaze UAVs?
A top Ukrainian official told The New York Times that Israel is giving Ukraine “basic intelligence” regarding Iranian suicide drones that have been overwhelmingly deployed by the Russian military.
An Israeli security company has reportedly supplied satellite images of Russian military positions to the Ukrainians. As per reports, Ukrainian forces shot down 50 suicide drones this week, including nine on a single day alone.