Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov confirmed on Thursday the killing of Iranian military advisers who were in in Crimea to help Russia fly drones.
“Target any Iranian military”
In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Danilov threatened to target any Iranian military present on Russian-controlled territory in Ukraine.
“we have to kill them”
The newspaper also quoted Danilov as saying, commenting on the Iranian military presence in Crimea, “They were in our lands… and if they collaborated with the Russians and participated in the destruction of our country, we must kill them.”
He added: “The Iranians insist they are not supplying weapons to Russia, but we need confirmation and to this day we have nothing to corroborate their story.”
You won’t fly without training.
He also pointed out that drones, which Ukraine and Western countries accuse Iran of exporting in Russia, “they cannot be flown without training in how to operate them”.
“In the modern world you can’t hide anything,” he said, “it’s just a matter of time before it all comes out.”
Recognition of Iran
Interestingly, Iran has acknowledged sending drones in Russia, but he stressed that he supplied them to his ally before the Russian operation in Ukraine.
With this admission, Kiev confirmed Moscow’s allegations of using Iranian-made drones to launch attacks on civilians and infrastructure, although in recent weeks it has consistently denied these allegations made by Ukraine and its Western allies.
Kiev said some 400 Iranian drones have already been used against civilians in Ukraine and that Moscow has ordered around 2,000 more.
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