Ukrainian air defenses shoot down 10 Iranian Shahed-136 suicide drones in Mykolaiv Oblast overnight
Iranian drones Shahed-136 (Photo:Mil.gov.ua/Wikipedia)
Air defences in Ukraine’s southeastern Mykolaiv Oblast shot down 10 enemy Shahed-136 suicide drones on Oct. 22, overnight, the Ukrainian military’s South Operational Command has reported on its Facebook page.
According to the command, one more drone was downed in the neighboring Kirovohrad Oblast.
The Iranian drones are a modern type of flying bomb akin to the V-1 “Doodlebug” weapon that Nazi Germany used against the Allies in the latter stages of the Second World War.
Russia purchased a large number of the drones from Iran, and has been using them to attack Ukrainian cities since mid-September. The flying bombs have been used to attack civilian utility infrastructure and residential buildings. However, Ukraine has over the last month become increasingly proficient at shooting the slow-moving flying bombs down.
The drones have a noisy motor, audible from several kilometers off, which has earned them the derisive nickname “flying lawnmowers” from Ukrainians.
Iran denies supplying the drones to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine, but ample photographic, video and material evidence from shot down drones shows these denials to be false.
U.S. newspaper the Washington Post has also reported that Iran may supply short-range ballistic missiles to Russia as well.
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