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Putin’s Revenge: Russia Launches Kamikaze Drone Strikes On Kyiv

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Saegheh-2 UAV at the Eqtedar 40 defence exhibition in Tehran.

Social media posts revealed early on Wednesday morning, Ukraine time, how Russian forces appeared to be launching a fresh attack on Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine, using kamikaze-style drones.

“Kyiv Oblast Governor Oleksiy Kuleba reported early on Oct. 5 that Russian forces targeted the city of Bila Tserkva with kamikaze drones. Bila Tserkva is located 80 kilometers south of Kyiv,” independent Ukrainian news outlet The Kyiv Independent reported.

Kuleba reportedly said that an “infrastructure object” had caught fire and that one person had been injured as a result of the attack.

Rescue operations are reportedly underway, with Kyiv residents urged to remain in their shelters.

Photographs also emerged on Twitter showing explosions in Bila Tserkva.

Pro-Kremlin Telegram channel Rybar also described how local sources reported a Shahed-136 Iranian kamikaze drone strikes, as well as several other UAV sightings in Odessa.

Weeks in the Making

The news comes after reports revealed how Russian forces were increasing their dependence on kamikaze-style drones, particularly in southern Ukraine. After a rocky start with Iranian drones, with some of the earlier deliveries reportedly malfunctioning on the battlefield, Russian forces are believed to have deployed hundreds of the drones since they first arrived in early September.

In late September, Ukrainian forces revealed how they had successfully shot down several of the drones in the Mykolaiv region. The drones are believed to have been launched from Russian-occupied territory within Ukraine, including Crimea and Kherson.

Reports also suggested that the drones had been repainted in Russian colors.

Tehran denied claims that the drones in use by the Russians came from Iran after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cut diplomatic ties with the country. In a televised address in late September, Zelenskyy accused Russia of using Iranian drones for the first time in Ukraine.

“Today the Russian army used Iranian drones for its strikes. The world will know about every instance of collaboration with evil, and it will have corresponding consequences,” Zelenskyy said.

A photograph of an Iranian-manufactured drone used by the Russian military shared by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on Monday appeared to prove Zelenskyy’s claims correct, even before Russian forces launched their fresh drone strike campaign on Kyiv.

Assuming the photograph is real, it appears to depict a Qods Mohajer-6 drone, one of 210 drones of this type to have been manufactured in Iran over the last four years.

According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russian forces conducted over 70 UAV sorties on October 2, with other Ukrainian sources claiming that Russian kamikaze drone attacks were conducted using Shahed-136 UAVs in Mykolaiv Oblast and Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast on the same day.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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  1. Rob

    October 5, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    Putin is using Hitler’s playbook. He sent V1 and V2 to bomb London. His terror did not affect the course of the war and only increased the moral of the people. Just like the brutal bombing of civilian targets by the English in Germany had not any significant effect.
    In short Putin, in this respect acts like the nazi’s he says he is fighting. Which is not as strange as it might look as he uses out-of-date WW2 strategies, command structures and tries to micro manage the war and mobilization himself.

  2. Arash P

    October 5, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    US gave Israel free pass to not join NPT and make nuclear arsenal while forced puppet shah of Iran to sign up for NPT and is now sanctioning Iran to the maximum even though Iran was complying with JCPOA nuclear deal. A nuclear deal that no other country, including Israel would ever agree to.

    US double standards are obvious for all to see. You can’t expect a country like Iran that you have tried to hurt at every turn to follow your lead when a crisis like Ukraine comes up.

    Iran will hurt America and American interests, wherever and whenever, just to get back at the US.

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