Ukrainian defenders down nine Iranian suicide drones in one hour
In total, the Armed Forces destroyed 11 Iranian drones in one day (Photo:DR)
The Ukrainian military managed to destroy 11 Iranian kamikaze drones in one day, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on Telegram on Oct. 17.
The drones were shot down over the space of an hour, from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., Air Force Command clarified.
In late August, international media outlets, citing representatives of Western intelligence, began reporting that Russia had received hundreds of combat drones from Iran. This information was also confirmed by the White House.
According to CNN, Russia received three types of Iranian drones: Mohajer-6, Shahed-129, and Shahed-191.
According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Russian troops have about 300 of these Iranian-made drones. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy previously stated that Moscow had ordered a total of 2,400 drones from Tehran. Iran has denied supplying drones to Russia, despite their denial being false - with the first evidence of Iranian drone usage by Russia emerging in mid-September.
Russia employs these drones not only against military targets, but also against Ukrainian cities and civilian infrastructure, endangering civilians.
According to Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, the Ukrainian military is intercepting 85% of the Shahed suicide drones sent against Ukraine.
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