Iran to supply Russia with hundreds of combat drones, US says | Russia

Iran plans to supply Russia with hundreds of armed drones UkraineAccording to a top US official.

White House national security adviser Jack Sullivan said the U.S. supported views that Russia’s heavy bombing in Ukraine, which has led to consolidation of gains in the country’s east in recent weeks, “comes at a cost in lives.” its own weapons.”

The Iranian government is preparing to supply several hundred UAVs to Russia [unmanned aerial vehicles]Including weapons-capable UAVs, on an accelerated timeline,” Sullivan said.

“Our information further indicates that Iran is preparing to train Russian forces to use these UAVs, with initial training sessions beginning in early July.”

Sullivan said it was unclear whether Iran had yet supplied drones to Russia.

He noted that Iran’s drones were used by Houthi rebels in Yemen to attack Saudi Arabia.

Drones have played a vital role on both sides of the war in Ukraine, ranging from launching missiles from afar, dropping small bombs on targets, and spying on artillery and ground forces.

Ukraine’s forces have had particular success using Turkish-made Bayraktar armed combat UAVs, and the United States and other allies have provided Kyiv with several types of small drones.

“From our perspective, we will continue to do our part to help maintain an effective defense of Ukraine and to show Ukrainians that the Russian effort to wipe Ukraine off the map will not succeed,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan’s revelations come ahead of President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia, where Iran’s nuclear program and malign actions in the region will be key topics of discussion.

The U.S. decision to publicly reveal that it is helping Russia realign the two countries’ main regional rival comes as both Israel and Saudi Arabia oppose joining global efforts to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine because of their domestic interests.

of Russia Grinding attack in the east of Ukraine Despite fierce Ukrainian resistance and emboldened by recent deliveries of Western-supplied artillery, the Ukrainian military has warned that Russian troops plan to carry out some more serious attacks in the Donetsk region.

With no end in sight to the fighting, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said during a visit to Kyiv that his country would provide Ukraine with long-range artillery and an aid package worth €200m (US$201m).

Western weapons — specifically, precision, long-range artillery — are “already changing the course of the war,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council, said Monday.

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