Iranian trainers in Crimea are to help Russia with drones, the US says

Iranian trainers in Crimea are to help Russia with drones, the US says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has determined that Iranian military personnel were in Crimea to help the Russian military use Iranian-supplied drones to bomb Ukraine, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Department of State, Ned Price.

As winter approaches, Russia is deploying drones to ramp up attacks across Ukraine on power plants and other types of infrastructure needed to provide people with energy and water.

As authorities scramble to repair these facilities, Ukrainians on Thursday suffered their first scheduled power outages since Russia’s military offensive began on February 24.

“Russian military personnel stationed in Crimea are flying Iranian UAVs and using them in strikes…across Ukraine, including strikes against Kyiv,” Ned Price said at a news conference, pointing to drones with the acronym UAV, which featured English meaning “unmanned aerial vehicle”. .

“We believe that … Iranian military personnel were on the ground in Crimea and assisted Russia in these operations,” he added.

Russia’s defense and foreign ministries did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tehran denies that the drones used by Russia are Iranian-made.

The countries of the European Union on Thursday passed new sanctions against Iran, which they accuse of having supplied drones to Russia.

A White House spokesman said the United States is considering doing the same and is exploring ways to bolster Ukraine’s air defenses, which is demanding such help from Western countries.

(Report by Humeyra Pamuk and Doina Chiacu, French version by Bertrand Boucey)


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