Russia launched Iranian-made Shahed suicide drones from the eastern coast of the Sea of Azov during its latest attacks on Ukraine, Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said in an interview with Radio NV on Jan. 3.
“As for the Shaheds, it’s mostly about the capital city, that’s where the majority of kamikaze drones are directed, they (are launched) from the eastern coast of the Sea of Azov,” he said.
“It’s from there that drones began to be used after that break in the use of UAVs,” Ihnat said, referring to a period of a few weeks before the latest wave of drone attacks, during which Russia launched few of the flying bombs.
Ihnat stressed that this pause in drone activity had been due to the shift of the front line in favor of Ukraine and the expulsion of the Russian invaders from the right bank of the Dnipro River, after which “their Shaheds began to be used not from Crimea, not from Kherson Oblast, but from there, from the eastern coast of the Sea of Azov.”
According to the official, the Russians launch the drones around 10.30 p.m., and they fly toward the Ukrainian capital across occupied territory.
“They mostly enter through the Dnipro River, trying to get into the Dnipro channel, they’re directed in such a way as to fly along the channel toward the capital city,” he said.
Earlier, U.S. newspaper the New York Times reported that Ukraine spends expensive missiles and aircraft to shoot down cheap Iranian Shahed drones used by Russia.
The newspaper wrote that the missiles that Ukrainian soldiers use to shoot down drones allegedly cost ten times more than the UAVs themselves.
In response, Ihnat said that Ukraine is using all available weapons to save human lives and infrastructure from Russian attacks, and that it was improper to weigh the value of the missiles against the value human lives.
As reported on Jan. 3, Ukraine’s Air Defense Forces reported that it had shot down 100% of the Iranian drones launched against Ukraine over a period of two days.