Russian invaders use Iranian drone to attack Kryvyi Rih
Kamikaze drone attacks civil infrastructure facility in one of city’s central districts (Photo:ysk4848/Twitter)
Invading Russian forces used an Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drone to attack the city of Kryvyi Rih in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast late on Oct. 1, Oleksandr Vilkul, the head of the local military administration, wrote on the Telegram messenger.
“A kamikaze drone attack on a civil infrastructure facility in one of the city’s central districts,” he said.
“Don’t write or post anything on social networks. The consequences are being dealt with.”
The Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down a Shahed-136 UAV near the town of Kupyansk in Kharkiv Oblast for the first time on Sept. 13.
The United States on Sept. 8 imposed sanctions on an Iranian company it accused of coordinating military flights to transport Iranian drones to Russia and three other companies it said were involved in the production of Iranian drones.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stripped the Iranian Ambassador of his accreditation due to the use of Iranian drones by the Russian troops, and the number of diplomatic staff of the Iranian Embassy in Kyiv will be significantly reduced.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said it regretted the “deterioration of relations” with Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials have warned that in light of the military defeats Russia’s invasion force in Ukraine is suffering, Moscow might switch to attacking more civilian infrastructure in retaliation.
As Ukraine approaches winter, heating and electricity generation infrastructure may become more frequent targets of Russian missile attacks.
Ukraine has liberated more than 10,000 square kilometers of its territory from Russian occupation over the last month, with a successful lightning counter-offensive in Kharkiv Oblast in early September taking back a huge area of territory in only a few days.
Meanwhile, Ukraine continues an offensive in Kherson Obalast in the south of the country, where thousands of Russian troops are concentrated in an area of the oblast on the west bank of the River Dnipro.
Ukraine has put out of action the main river crossings in the region – two road bridges and a rail bridge – preventing the pr
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