- Russia has stopped using Iranian-made suicide drones due to cold weather, a Ukrainian official has said.
- He said the drones are made of plastic and other materials that can’t stand freezing.
- Russia has used the unmanned aircraft to knock out power infrastructure across Ukraine.
Russia has stopped using Iranian-made suicide drones in Ukraine because they do not work in cold weather, a Ukrainian official has said.
Yevgeny Silkin, from the Joint Forces Command for Strategic Communications of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said that Russia had stopped using Iranian drones, which are made of plastic and other materials that are not resistant to freezing, according to the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.
The outlet said the drones had not been used in Ukraine since November 17, which was also the first day it snowed in Ukraine this year.
Winters in Ukraine can be cold, with average temperatures often below freezing between December and March.
Russia began using Iranian drones in October, under a new playbook that targeted power distribution and other critical infrastructure from afar. Ukrainian civilians have also been killed by drone strikes.
Iran and Russia have denied any cooperation on weapons, but Iran later admitted that it had sent weapons to Russia, adding that it was before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. .
Multiple Western intelligence reports and assessments have contradicted this.
The UK, US and EU imposed sanctions on the drone maker and some individuals for supplying arms to Russia.
CNN reported in November that Iran was preparing to send more weapons to Ukraine, including short-range ballistic missiles. And he reported that Iran and Russia had reached an agreement for Russia to start producing the drones itself.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Nov. 23 that Russia was likely short of drones, but could buy more.
Several reports also indicated that Iran had trained Russia in the use of drones and other weapons.
On December 3, Avril Haines, the Director of National Intelligence for the United States, said winter conditions were expected to slow the war and that there was already a “reduced tempo”.