Ukraine to slash ties with Iran over 'evil' drones supply to Russia
Reuters: Ukraine said on Friday it would downgrade diplomatic ties with Iran over Tehran's decision to supply Russian forces with drones, a move President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called "a collaboration with evil".
Zelenskiy said a total of eight Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles had been shot down so far in the conflict.
Ukraine and the United States accused Iran of supplying drones to Russia, a charge Tehran denies.
"Today the Russian army used Iranian drones for its strikes. ... The world will know about every instance of collaboration with evil, and it will have corresponding consequences," Zelenskiy said in a late night video address.
Military authorities in southern Ukraine said in a statement they had shot down four Shahed-136 "kamikaze" unmanned aerial vehicles over the sea near the port of Odesa on Friday.
The air force said separately that for the first time it had brought down a Mohajer-6, a larger Iranian drone, the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper reported.
The Ukrainian foreign ministry earlier said the supply of drones had dealt a serious blow to bilateral relations.
"In response to such an unfriendly act, the Ukrainian side has decided to deprive the ambassador of Iran of his accreditation and also to significantly reduce the number of diplomatic staff of the Iranian embassy in Kyiv," it said in a statement on its website.
The message was handed to the acting ambassador since the permanent envoy, Manouchehr Moradi, is not currently in Ukraine.
Military experts say the drones would be useful to Russia for both reconnaissance and as loitering munitions that can bide their time in locating and engaging suitable targets.
In August, a senior U.S. administration official said Russia has faced "numerous failures" with Iranian-made drones acquired from Tehran.
Bayramov and Lavrov to discussthe Armenian-Azerbaijani settlement
01 December 2022 / 11:30
French National Assembly unanimously adopts resolution in support of Armenia
01 December 2022 / 11:07
EU ministers endorse new migrant plan after France-Italy spat
30 November 2022 / 14:00
Moscow: strategic stability dialogue possible if U.S. ready to respect Russian security interests
30 November 2022 / 13:41
Head of Azerbaijani Armed Forces General Staff meets with head of US National Guard Bureau
30 November 2022 / 13:27
U.S. 'keenly interested' in peace deal between Armenia, Azerbaijan, envoy says
30 November 2022 / 13:18
Kremlin: attempts to disintegrate CSTO to continue
28 November 2022 / 11:25
Stanislav Zas: CSTO proposed several measures to help Armenia
28 November 2022 / 11:17
Azerbaijan must be held to account as war criminal, Armenian MP tells OSCE
28 November 2022 / 10:50
Putin and Aliyev discussed issues on unblocking communications
28 November 2022 / 10:43
Kremlin: no meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders in Russia scheduled in near future
25 November 2022 / 14:01
Ilham Aliyev: "Middle Corridor" requires stability and security
25 November 2022 / 13:49
Armenia uses the Lachin corridor for the supply of weapons - J.Bayramov
25 November 2022 / 11:46
Russia MFA official representative: CSTO is always open for cooperation with interested parties
25 November 2022 / 11:38
Azerbaijan and Serbia establish Strategic Partnership Council
24 November 2022 / 11:35