Senior Zelensky official calls for strikes on Iran — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Tehran’s military industrial facilities set to be attacked for alleged arms deliveries to Russia, says Mikhail Podolyak

Iranian drone and ballistic missile factories should be destroyed, a senior official of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has said. It comes after Tehran admitted handing over military drones to Russia, although it insisted it was before the Ukraine conflict erupted in late February.

“I think it is necessary not only to impose sanctions and embargoes, I think it might be possible to launch strikes on drones and ballistic missile manufacturing facilities [in Iran]. Such a state cannot continue to do this with impunity,” he added. Mikhail Podolyak said on Friday, speaking live on local television. The official did not specify who, exactly, should launch such strikes against the Islamic Republic.

Allegations of alleged arms supplies from Iran to Russia have surfaced in recent weeks, after Moscow began using new suicide drones en masse in Ukraine. kyiv insists the drones, known as Geran-2 (Geranium-2), are actually Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones. The alleged drone deliveries have left a major breach in Iran-Ukraine relations, with kyiv downgrading diplomatic ties with Tehran.

Moscow and Tehran have repeatedly denied that arms deliveries took place amid the conflict. On Saturday, however, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian admitted that his country had indeed “provided Russia with a small number of drones months before the war in Ukraine.” He also denied allegations that Iran supplied Moscow with missiles.

Podolyak commented on this admission, expressing doubts about the veracity of such an explanation. “That is, instead of destroying our critical infrastructure, [the drones] stayed in warehouses for eight months? » he said.

Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “to create powerful armed forces.”

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.

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