Zelenskyy says Russia is ‘probably’ paying for Iranian drones with nuclear research assistance

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that Russia is “probably” paying for Iran’s kamikaze planes by aiding Iran’s nuclear research programme.

Zelensky made the remark during a speech to the Haaretz Democracy Conference on Monday, saying that Russia had purchased at least 2,000 Shahid-136 drones and used them to bomb Ukraine. Iranian trainers were spotted in Belarus studying Russian forces Coordination of drone strikes With the Iranian-made drone system, which has led to further fears that Belarus’ role in the conflict in Ukraine may soon escalate.

“Russia has used nearly 4,500 missiles against us, and its stockpile of missiles is dwindling,” Zelensky said. This is the reason why Russia is looking for affordable weapons in other countries to continue terrorism. I found it in Iran.

“I have a question for you.. How does Russia pay Iran for this, in your opinion? Is Iran only interested in money?” Follow Zelensky. “Maybe not money at all, but Russian assistance to the Iranian nuclear program. Most likely, this is the exact meaning of their alliance.”

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A drone is launched during a military exercise at an unknown location in Iran, in this posted photo obtained August 25, 2022. (West Asian News Agency / Posted via Reuters / File photo)

Police officers shoot a drone during a Russian drone strike, which local authorities consider an Iranian-made Shahed-136, amid a Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, October 17, 2022. i (REUTERS/Vadim Sarkhan) / image file)

Police officers shoot a drone during a Russian drone strike, which local authorities consider an Iranian-made Shahed-136, amid a Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, October 17, 2022. i (REUTERS/Vadim Sarkhan) / image file)

Zelensky went on to call on Israel to send assistance to Ukraine in the form of air defense systems. He said Ukraine has been asking for such support since 2014, and noted that Russia would not be in its current alliance with Iran if Ukraine had a powerful air defense system like Iron Dome at the start of the conflict.

Putin’s military has turned toward a strategy of using missiles and drone attacks to destroy Ukraine’s energy and water infrastructure in recent weeks. Zelensky announced that Russian attacks destroyed nearly a third of Ukraine’s power plants earlier in October.

Putin began escalating attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure in early October after Kerch Bridge bombing that connects Russia with the Crimea. Russian forces opened for the first time with a barrage of missiles and Iranian kamikaze drones for hours on more than a dozen Ukrainian cities on October 10.

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Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov condemned the attacks as war crimes and called on Western countries to supply Ukraine with more air defense systems.

“Our enemy believes that missile strikes are an effective means of intimidation. They are not. They are war crimes,” Reznikov wrote at the time. “Civilians are dying and getting injured. Ukraine, with the support of the civilized world, must bring the missile terrorists to justice. And [we] You will do that.”

People receive medical treatment at the site of a Russian bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 10, 2022. Multiple explosions rocked Kyiv early Monday after months of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital.  Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported explosions in the city's Shevchenko district, a large area in central Kyiv that includes the historic Old Town as well as many government offices.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)

People receive medical treatment at the site of a Russian bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 10, 2022. Multiple explosions rocked Kyiv early Monday after months of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported explosions in the city’s Shevchenko district, a large area in central Kyiv that includes the historic Old Town as well as many government offices. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)
(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)

The Russian Air Force also conducts routine patrols Belarusian airspace After President Alexander Lukashenko claimed that the country was in danger of a Ukrainian invasion. Belarus has allowed Russian troops to travel and operate within its borders since Russian President Vladimir Putin began his invasion of Ukraine in February, but the number of troops deployed there has increased in recent weeks.

Belarus offers an ideal location for launching drone strikes against Ukraine, with the border between the two countries located just 60 miles from the capital, Kyiv, at its closest.

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Lukashenko claimed last week that Ukraine posed a threat of drone and missile strikes on Belarus, prompting Russia to increase its deployment in the country to 9,000 troops and start regular air patrols.

While Russian and Belarusian forces participated in joint military exercises during the invasion of Ukraine, Belarusian forces have not yet taken part in any offensive.

Reuters contributed to this report.



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