Three Iranian drones shot down in Mykolaiv Oblast

27 September 2022, 01:25 PM
Three Iranian Shahed-136 drones were shot down in the Mykolaiv oblast (Photo:General Staff)

Three Iranian Shahed-136 drones were shot down in the Mykolaiv oblast (Photo:General Staff)

Air defense units of the Ukrainian navy have shot down three Iranian Shahed-136 kamikaze drones, Ukraine’s Air Force Command reported on its Telegram channel on Sept. 27.

“Military personnel from all Ukrainian Defense Forces are seeking effective methods to counter (such kamikaze drones) and are gaining more and more experience in destroying (them),” the report reads.

Earlier, on Sept. 26, Ukrainian forces destroyed four of the Shahed-136 drones: one at around 2 a.m., and three more in the evening during an attack on the city of Odesa.

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Shahed drones in service with the Russians: What is known about Russia’s purchase of Iranian drones

The media reported in late August, citing representatives of Western intelligence, that Russia had obtained hundreds of Iranian combat drones.

According to CNN, Russia has officially purchased and transferred the Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series drones – the Shahed-129 and Shahed-191.

On Aug. 31, the White House officially confirmed the information about Russia’s purchase of Iranian drones. In early September, the United States 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.

Tehran has vigorously denied it was providing Moscow with any kind of military assistance.

Ukrainian forces first shot down an Iranian Shahed-136 loitering munition in the town of Kupyansk, Kharkiv Oblast, on Sept. 13.

Shared-136 drones were later used to attack Odesa and Dnipro, with six of them getting shot down on Sept. 23.

Ukraine has recently withdrawn the accreditation of the Iranian ambassador and imposed a significant reduction on the staff of the Iranian embassy in Kyiv, over Iran supplying Russia with drones to use in the war in Ukraine.

The first reports that Iran might supply Russia with kamikaze drones appeared over a month ago. Ukraine has since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion over seven months ago been pleading with its allies to provide it with adequate numbers of modern air defense systems.

However, only a small number of such systems have as yet been provided.

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