The Ministry of Defense of United Kingdom estimates that Iran has sent Russia new remittances of drones shahed to attack positions in Ukraine despite the fact that Tehran has been assuring for months that it has not sent such devices to Moscow since the beginning of the conflict.
British Military Intelligence argues that Russian forces have launched at least 71 drone strikes throughout this month of March after a period of two weeks at the end of last month without this type of offensive.
This indicates that Russia would have received in recent weeks “new regular batches in small numbers” of these devicesaccording to the evaluation published this Sunday.
The British Ministry of Defense specifies that Russia would be launching these new attacks from two axes within its territory, Krasnodar and Bryanskwith the triple intention to “make their objectives more flexible in a large sector of Ukraine”, as well as “reduce the flight time towards them” and, in general terms, “give up Ukrainian air defense capabilities”, according to his assessment, published on his Twitter account.
The Iranian authorities have not ruled on the accusations this Sunday but, as a rule, they argue that they have never sent Shahed planes to Russia since the war began, although they admitted in November to selling batches of these aircraft to Moscow but “before of the beginning of the invasion”, according to the words of the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hosein Amirabdolahian.
The Iranian Shahed, which Russia has renamed Geran-2, it has an explosive charge and can hover over its targets before attacking. They can be launched in rapid succession from platforms and their distinctive A-shaped design makes them easy to identify.
“He Shahed 136 is a suicide drone fairly large and inexpensive to manufacture. It reaches its target by GPS coordinates entered before takeoff. Then it advances autonomously, flying quite low and reaching a target set hundreds of kilometers away,” said Pierre Grasser, a French researcher associated with the Sirice Center in Paris.
The Ukrainian Army claims it has shot down hundreds of these Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones
Putin denies alliance with China
Vladimir Putin denied this Sunday a possible military alliance with China in the war in Ukraine and assured that his relations in this area with the Beijing regime are limited solely to general cooperation.
Putin came out of the way of rumors that pointed to a possible military link specifically aimed at the war in Ukraine between the two countries after the visit to Moscow of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. “We maintain a relationship in the field of technical-military cooperation, we do not hide it, but it is transparent, there is nothing secret,” the president assured in an interview with Rossiya 24 collected by the TASS and Interfax agencies.
“What we have”, he has insisted, “is not a military alliance; It’s absolutely false.”
(With information from Europa Press)
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