Ukraine intel says Russians targeting Uman with Iranian drones ‘to attack Hasidic Jews’

27 September 2022, 11:53 PM
The Iranian Shahed-136 ammunition is labeled by the invaders as Geran-2 (Photo:Nazars_look via Telegram)

The Iranian Shahed-136 ammunition is labeled by the invaders as Geran-2 (Photo:Nazars_look via Telegram)

The Russian military sent some of its Iranian-made Shahed-136 kamikaze drones at the city of Uman in central Ukraine to attack Hasidic Jewish pilgrims, Babel media reported on Sept. 27, citing sources in the Ukrainian intelligence services.

In recent days, the publication writes, Ukrainian air defense forces have shot down more than 10 Shahed-136s that the Russian troops launched from the territory of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

It is noted that some of the drones were heading towards Uman – a location far beyond the front lines and of no particular military significance. Ukraine’s special services are instead convinced that the Russians were trying to strike at Hasidic religious sites while there was a large crowd of people there.

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"(Russia carrying out) terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens is one of the conditions Iran made when it sent its drones to Russia," the intelligence services said.

The sources in the intelligence services also believe that this is not the first example of cooperation between the two terrorist states, as a Ukrainian civilian plane was shot down in Iran earlier – allegedly by mistake.

"The interests of the Kremlin can be seen behind this case," the sources said.

As of the morning of Sept. 25 over 23,000 Jewish pilgrims had already arrived in Uman on their annual pilgrimage to Uman, the United Jewish Community of Ukraine reported. From Sept. 25 to 27, they celebrate Rosh Hashanah at the tomb of Reb Nachman of Breslov, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down a Shahed-136 UAV near Kupyansk, Kharkiv Oblast for the first time on Sept. 13, and on Sept. 23, Ukrainian defenders downed an Iranian-made Mohajer-6 drone.

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.

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