Ukrainian Armed Forces have shared a video showing the smoldering remains of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that Iran had supplied to Russia.
On its Facebook page, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces posted a 37-second clip of the smoking ruins on the ground of an object said to have been shot down in the Mykolaiv region on Saturday morning.
The post said soldiers from the Kherson anti-aircraft brigade “shot down the Shahed-136 kamikaze drone with a large-caliber machine gun.”
As of Saturday afternoon, the video had been viewed 16,000 times and received more than 1,300 likes. “Hold on, our dear defenders! You will win!” commented one Facebook user. “Let it burn,” wrote another. news week has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry about the unconfirmed footage.
The Iranian-made drones pose a growing threat to Ukrainian civilians as social media footage showing attacks using them appears to be launched by Russia every day.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that its forces destroyed 24 Shahed-136 kamikaze drones between September 30 and October 6, more than half of the drones deployed to Ukrainian territory.
The weapons have been dubbed “suicide drones” as they are designed to be flown directly into enemy targets, presenting a new challenge to Ukraine’s defences. They can stay aloft for hours, circling over potential targets before being flown into enemy troops, armor or buildings and exploding on impact.
Iran is said to have sold hundreds of them to Russia, although Tehran denies this. Ukrainian commanders told The Wall Street Journal that Russia inflicted heavy damage on Ukrainian forces with the drones to make up for the lack of artillery firepower.
Zaporizhia regional governor Oleksandr Starukh said Friday the drones damaged two infrastructure facilities in the city. He said other rockets also hit the city again, injuring one person.
Ukrainian officials said Wednesday the drones were used to attack the town of Bila Tserkva, 50 miles south of Kyiv, wounding one person and destroying several buildings.
The US believes Iran has also supplied Russia with Mohajer-6 drones capable of carrying four precision-guided missiles.
Marina Miron, a research fellow in the Department of Defense Studies at King’s College London (KCL), said last month. news week that the drones should help Russia carry out strikes without endangering its troops.
British defense officials said Russia is facing a drone shortage because sanctions have restricted Moscow’s access to key technology.
https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-footage-wreckage-russia-iran-suicide-drone-shahed-mykolaiv-1750124 Ukrainian Armed Forces Say Video Shows Fiery Wreckage of Iran’s ‘Suicide Drone’