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Ukraine Reduces Iranian Embassy Presence Over Russian Drone Attack Russo-Ukrainian War News

Military authorities in southern Ukraine have announced that they have shot down four Shahed-136 “Kamikaze” unmanned aerial vehicles.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Iranian ambassador’s accreditation would be revoked and the number of Iranian diplomats in Kyiv would be reduced as a result of the Russian military’s attack on Ukraine using Iranian drones.

Ukrainian forces have shot down a total of eight Iranian-made drones in the conflict so far, Zelensky said in a late-night video address on Friday.

“Today, Russian forces used Iranian drones in attacks on the Dnipropetrovsk region and Odessa.

“Six of these Iranian drones have been shot down by Eastern and Southern Command air defenses. We have been informed that another attacking Iranian drone was shot down by Southern Command air defenses,” he said.

“In response to such unfriendly actions, the Ukrainian side has decided to disqualify the Iranian ambassador and significantly reduce the number of diplomatic staff at the Iranian embassy in Kyiv,” he said. .

Iran has denied Kyiv and Washington’s claims that it supplied drones to Russia, and Tehran officials have previously said Iran would support either side in the war because it supported the resolution through dialogue. .

Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, tweeted on Saturday in response to the arms supply to Russia that it had “announced the cancellation of the accreditation of the Iranian ambassador in Kyiv and announced a drastic reduction in the number of diplomats. ‘ said. Embassy of Iran. ”

Ukraine’s foreign ministry said on the issue that “Ukraine’s acting ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran has been summoned,” Agence France-Presse reported.

According to a foreign ministry statement, the special envoy said that Iran’s arms supply to Russia was “directly contrary to its neutrality and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and would “severely damage relations between Ukraine and Iran.” It is said that it was said that it was an unfriendly act to give. .

Military authorities in southern Ukraine said in a statement that they had shot down four Shahed-136 “Kamikaze” unmanned aerial vehicles at sea near the port of Odessa.

The Ukrainian newspaper Pravda reported that the Air Force separately said it had shot down a large Iranian drone Mohajar-6 for the first time.

Earlier this week, Britain’s Ministry of Defense backed Ukraine’s claim that the Ukrainian military likely shot down an Iranian-made drone used by Russia.

In a military intelligence update on Wednesday, the ministry said it was “very likely” that Russia deployed Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the nearly seven-month war in Ukraine.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/24/ukraine-to-reduce-iran-embassy-presence-over-russia-drone-attacks Ukraine Reduces Iranian Embassy Presence Over Russian Drone Attack Russo-Ukrainian War News

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