Ukraine’s military has shared a video it says shows the downing of an Iranian-made “kamikaze” drone used by Russia.
Iranian “Shahed-136” drones have been increasingly used by Russia as part of a recent effort to step up aerial attacks in Ukraine. On Friday, the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shared a video on Facebook which it said shows one of the drones exploding in mid-air in the Dnipropetrovsk region, about 60 miles north -east of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has also share the video to Twitter, while saying in the tweet that a total of six Russian suicide bombers were destroyed by Ukraine on Friday. Iran has also been accused of supporting “Nazism” by supplying the drones.
“In 1943, Tehran became a place of hope for a new life without Nazism,” the Defense Ministry said in the tweet accompanying the video, which shows the drone turning into a fireball in mid-flight.
“In 2022, fundamentalist Tehran has become a place that supports Russian Nazism and the killing of peaceful citizens,” the tweet continued. “Today #UAarmy destroyed 6 Russian suicide bomber drones supplied by Iran.”
The destroyed drone was one of two Shahed-136 drones that Ukraine said it shot down in the Dnipropetrovsk region on Friday.
Mykola Lukashuk, head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional council, said in a Telegram message that one of the destroyed drones injured six people after debris fell into a private yard and started a fire, while several buildings and cars were destroyed. also been damaged.
“In the evening, air defense units shot down two Shahed-136 suicide drones over the Dnipropetrovsk region,” Lukashuk said, according to the state-run Ukrinform news agency. “A drone fell in the courtyard of a house, a fire broke out there. Six people were injured, one person was hospitalized.”
The other drone shot down in Dnipropetrovsk reportedly landed on a local highway, damaging at least 100 square meters of road.
Another Iranian-made suicide bomber drone was destroyed in a deadly Russian drone attack in Odessa on Friday, according to Kyiv Post.
“Odessa was attacked by suicide drones from the sea,” the Ukrainian government said in a statement, according to the Job. “Two drones destroyed an administrative building in the port area and the rescue services extinguished the flames. A civilian was killed. A “Shahed-136” drone was shot down over the sea by the air defense forces. “
A second type of Iranian-made drone used by Russia, the multipurpose Mohajer-6, was also reportedly destroyed for the first time on Friday, according to a Telegram message from the Ukrainian Air Force.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told a news conference Aug. 30 that Iran had sent Russia a supply of Shahed-136 and Mohajer-6 drones “over several days in August”.
Ukraine reported destroying at least five Russian drones on Thursday, including at least four Shahed-136 drones. Ukraine previously reported the downing of a Shahed-136 drone near the frontlines of the war in the eastern region of Kharkiv earlier this month.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday that Iran would face serious consequences if it engaged in “collaboration with evil” by supplying the drones to Russia.
“Today the Russian military used Iranian drones to attack the Dnipropetrovsk region and Odessa,” Zelensky said in a televised address. “I have instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide a firm response to this fact. The world will know every fact of collaboration with evil, and it will have corresponding consequences.
“It has already been decided to deprive the Iranian ambassador to Ukraine of accreditation, as well as to significantly reduce the number of diplomatic staff at the Iranian embassy,” he continued.
Newsweek contacted the Islamic Republic of Iran Interests Section at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, DC, and the Russian government for comment.