- Russia has unleashed a new wave of Iranian suicide drone attacks on Ukraine, suggesting resupply.
- This follows a three-week hiatus in attacks, and it was suspected that their drone supply was low.
- It also appears that Russia has fixed the issues that prevented the drones from operating in cold weather.
Russia appears to have used deadly Iranian-made drones to strike Ukraine after a three-week hiatus, suggesting it has restocked its supply and fixed previous issues that kept it from working in cold weather, according to reports. reports.
Ukrainian news agency UNIAN and the British Ministry of Defense said that drones had not been used in Ukraine since November 17, the first day it snowed in the country this year.
Reports suggest that Russia appears to be running out of supply of killer drones.
Yevgeny Silkin, a senior Ukrainian military official, also said recently that Russia has problems using the drones because they are made of plastic and other materials that cannot withstand freezing.
However, Ukrainian Air Force Command spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat suggested on Wednesday that Russia had solved the problem and resumed using drones, as did Ukrainian Southern Command spokesperson, Natalia Humenyuk, according to a report by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). .
Russian and Ukrainian sources reported that Shahed-136 drones were used in new attacks against Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Zhytomyr and Zaporizhia oblasts, according to the ISW report.
Ukrainian authorities said suicide drone strikes on Odessa left the city without power on Saturday.
The British Ministry of Defense Noted in its Friday intelligence update that reports of the latest attacks had yet to be verified, but it was likely that Russia had now received a resupply of Shahed-131s and 136s.
The Institute for the Study of Warfare said Russian forces “have likely modified the drones to operate in colder weather conditions and will likely increase their use in Ukraine in the coming weeks” to strike civilian targets.
Iran is accused of sending weapons to Russia, including Shahed-136, Shahed-129, Shahed-191, which were used in ‘hundreds’ of attacks against Ukraine, ministry says British Defence. The weapons are often called kamikazes or suicide drones because they explode on impact.
While Iran has long denied sending weapons to Russia, in November it admitted sending “a small number of drones” but said it was before the war.
The United Nations is investigating accusations that Iran supplied drones to Russia, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this week.
The UK said on Saturday that Iran had become one of Russia’s main military backers since it invaded Ukraine, and the United States accused Russia of providing advanced military assistance to Iran, suggesting deepen defense ties.