Ukraine’s military claimed for the first time that it encountered an Iranian-supplied suicide drone used by Russia on the battlefield, showing the deepening ties between Moscow and Tehran.
US intelligence publicly warned in July that Tehran planned to send hundreds of bomb-carrying drones to Russia to aid its war on Ukraine. While Iran initially denied it, the head of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has recently boasted about arming the world’s top powers.
The Ukrainian military’s Strategic Communications Directorate published images of the drone’s wreckage. It resembled a triangle, or delta-shaped, drone flown by Iran known as the Shahed, or “Witness” in Farsi.
The military official and website said that Ukrainian troops encountered the drone near Kupiansk amid Kyiv’s offensive that has broken through Russian lines around Kharkiv.