Russia ‘likely’ deployed Iranian drones to Ukraine for first time, UK intelligence says


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Russia deployed Iranian-made drones for the first time this week, according to British intelligence reports.

“Russia is almost certainly increasingly sourcing weapons from other heavily sanctioned states like Iran and North Korea as its own stockpiles dwindle,” the UK Ministry of Defense wrote in an update on Wednesday. up-to-date information.

A US official said last week that Russia had turned to North Korea to buy military equipment, including artillery shells and rockets. The Biden administration had reported in August that Russia had received Iranian drones but encountered technical problems trying to deploy them.

The UK Ministry of Defence, citing Ukrainian officials, said Russia has now “most likely” deployed Iranian drones to Ukraine, specifically naming the Shahed-136 drone, which Ukrainian officials claimed to have shot down.

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“The loss of a Shahed-136 near the front lines suggests that there is a realistic possibility that Russia is trying to use the system to conduct tactical strikes rather than against more strategic targets further into Ukrainian territory.” , says the report.

The report further notes that similar drones have appeared in attacks in the Middle East, including an attack on the MT Mercer Street tanker last year. Two people died in the attack, which happened near the coast of Oman.

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Rebekah Koffler, president of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting and former DIA intelligence officer, told Fox News Digital that Russia’s cooperation with rogue nations poses “a serious risk” because it further strengthens ties between those rogue nations. and supplies Iran and North Korea. a battlefield test of their weapons against NATO and US military equipment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on July 19, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on July 19, 2022.
(President’s website/WANA (West Asian News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS)

“With Russia possessing the largest nuclear arsenal in the world and vast know-how that Moscow could potentially share, this emerging coalition – even if not a true NATO-type alliance – could have destabilizing effects on the homeland. and the world,” Koffler said.

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“This emerging trend has profound implications because Iran and North Korea are among America’s most dangerous, aggressive and reckless adversaries,” she added. “Iran and North Korea are pursuing nuclear programs, seeking to target the United States and our allies. They also regularly launch cyberattacks on US computer networks.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a news conference following the Astana Process summit in Tehran, Iran, July 19, 2022.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a news conference following the Astana Process summit in Tehran, Iran, July 19, 2022.
(Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asian News Agency)/Handout via Reuters)

Russia may also prolong the conflict in Ukraine, prolonging attrition and potentially depriving US and European allies of their own stockpiles of weapons. Defense contractors warned in May that Ukraine’s continued war effort was depleting US stockpiles of weapons.

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A Pentagon official, who remained anonymous, told the Wall Street Journal in August that some ammunition supplies had reached “uncomfortably low” levels.

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