Russia ‘likely’ deployed Iran drones in Ukraine for the first time, British intelligence says
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Russia has deployed Iranian-made drones for the first time this week, according to British intelligence reports.
“Russia is almost certainly acquiring weapons from other heavily sanctioned states such as Iran and North Korea as its own stockpiles are depleted,” the British Ministry of Defense wrote in an intelligence update on Wednesday.
A U.S. official said last week that Russia is on the move. North Korea will buy military equipment.Including artillery shells and rockets. The Biden administration reported in August that Russia had acquired Iranian drones but had encountered technical problems trying to deploy them.
The British Ministry of Defense has quoted Ukrainian officials as saying that Russia is now “highly likely”. Iranian drones deployed In Ukraine, the Shahid 136 drone was specifically named, which Ukrainian officials claimed to have shot down.
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“The loss of the Shahid-136 near the front lines raises the realistic possibility that Russia is attempting to launch tactical strikes rather than use the system against more strategic targets in Ukrainian territory,” the report said. Is.”
The report added that similar drones have been used in attacks in the Middle East, including an attack on Oil Tanker MT Mercer Street last year. Two people were killed in the attack near the coast of Oman.
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Rebecca Koffler, president of Doctrine and Strategy Consulting and a former DIA intelligence officer, told Fox News Digital that Russia’s cooperation with rogue nations is a “serious threat” because it could further strengthen ties between those rogue nations. Also supplies Iran and North Korea. a Test their weapons on the battlefield Against NATO and US military hardware.
Koffler said, “With Russia possessing the world’s largest nuclear arsenal and extensive information on how Moscow could potentially share, this emerging alliance — even if it is not a true NATO-style alliance — is home to and There could be destabilizing effects globally.”
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“This emerging trend has far-reaching implications because Iran and North Korea are some of the most dangerous, aggressive and reckless US adversaries,” he added. “Both Iran and North Korea have been. Advancing the nuclear programWant to target the US and our allies. Both of them also routinely conduct cyberattacks on US computer networks.”
Russia would also be able to draw out the conflict in Ukraine, prolonging its disengagement and potentially starving the US and European allies of their own weapons stockpiles. Defense contractors warned in May that Ukraine’s war effort was to be sustained. Ending arms supply America had.
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A Pentagon official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Wall Street Journal in August that some Arms supplies have run “uncomfortably low”. The surface