Ukrainian military destroys 223 Iranian-made suicide drones since their first use in Ukraine

19 October 2022, 01:08 PM
In 36 days, the Ukrainian military shot down 223 Shahed-136 kamikaze drones (Photo:REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy)

In 36 days, the Ukrainian military shot down 223 Shahed-136 kamikaze drones (Photo:REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy)

Ukrainian air and defense forces have shot down 223 Shahed-136 kamikaze drones since the first day of their use in Ukraine, Ukraine’s Air Force Command reported on the Telegram messenger on Oct. 19.

The use of Iranian drones was first reported on Sept. 13, after the Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down a Shahed-136 UAV in the town of Kupyansk, Kharkiv Oblast.

Anti-aircraft missile units, fighter aircraft, self-propelled anti-aircraft installations, MANPADS mobile fire groups, anti-aircraft guns, heavy machine guns, and other weapons have been used to destroy the Shahed-136 drones.

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The latest mass attack by the Iranian drones was in the capital city of Kyiv on the morning of Oct. 17. The attacks were carried out by Iranian-made Shahed-136 suicide drones, which struck residential and office buildings in the city’s central Shevchenkivskyi district, as well as a critical infrastructure facility.

Five people were killed as a result of the attack, including a pregnant woman and her husband.

The invaders also used suicide drones to hit critical infrastructure facilities in Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Sumy, and Vinnytsia oblasts.

On the morning of Oct. 18, Russia once again carried out a strike on Kyiv, hitting at least one of the city’s power stations on the left bank (of the Dnipro River). At least three air strikes were recorded in Kyiv’s Desnyanskyi district, resulting in the damage of two critical infrastructure facilities, as well as limiting electricity and water supply services in many residential buildings.

The Russians also hit energy facilities in the cities of Dnipro and Zhytomyr.

Against this background, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has proposed the termination of diplomatic relations with Iran and called on Western countries to introduce additional sanctions against Tehran.

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