WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Thursday that Iranian forces are “directly engaged on the ground” in Crimea and are helping Russian drones attack Ukraine. The power plant and other critical infrastructure are troubling evidence of Tehran’s growing role in helping Russia as it inflicts pain on Ukrainian civilians just as the cold weather sets in.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that Iran had a “relatively small number” of Crimea, part of Ukraine unilaterally annexed by Russia in 2014 in violation of international law. He said he had sent personnel. Ukraine. Members of a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps have been dispatched to help the Russian military use drones, according to the British government.
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Recent Russians have increasingly relied on Iran-supplied drones, as well as Kalibr and Iskander cruise missiles, to carry out barrages of attacks against Ukrainian infrastructure and non-military targets. . President Volodymyr Zelensky said this week that Russian forces have destroyed 30% of Ukraine’s power plants since October 10.
“The information we have is that the Iranians have deployed trainers and technical support in Crimea, but it’s the Russians who are doing the pilots,” Kirby said.
He added that the Biden administration is considering imposing new sanctions on Tehran and will explore ways to make it more difficult for Iran to sell such weapons to Russia.
The US first revealed this summer that Russia was buying Iranian drones to launch them at Ukraine. Iran denies selling munitions to Russia.
White House officials say international sanctions, including export controls, have forced Russia to try to replenish stockpiles of ammunition and precision-guided munitions, which were depleted during the war nearly eight months ago. have to rely not only on North Korea but also on Iran.
Air Force Brigadier General. Pentagon spokesman General Pat Ryder told reporters that military officials “would not be surprised” if Russia sought more drones from Iran “given their situation.”
Zelensky said last week that Russia had ordered 2,400 from Iran.
U.S. officials believe Iran may have deployed its military personnel to help Russia. According to declassified US intelligence findings, the Russians faced technical problems shortly after delivering the drone in August.
“The system itself failed and was clearly not up to the standards our customers had come to expect,” says Kirby. “Therefore Iran decided to bring in training aircraft and technical assistance so that Russia could use a more lethal one.”
The Biden administration has released details about Iran’s involvement in aiding Russia’s war at a sensitive time. It imposed new sanctions on Iran over its brutal crackdown on its actions.
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her death and subsequent anxiety This has happened at a time when the Obama administration is trying to re-coerce Iran to a nuclear deal brokered by the Trump administration that has been scrapped.
At the United Nations this week, Ukraine accused Iran of violating a Security Council ban on the transfer of drones capable of flying 300 kilometers (180 miles). UK, France and US violate 2015 UN Security Council resolution that approved a nuclear deal between Iran and six countries (US, Russia, China, UK, France and Germany) by transferring drones to Russia strongly supports Ukraine’s claim that It curbs Tehran’s nuclear activities and prevents the country from developing nuclear weapons.
Kirby said there was little hope the administration would revive the Iran nuclear deal anytime soon.
“We are not focused on diplomacy at the moment,” Kirby said. “Our focus is on ensuring that the administration treats peaceful protesters in their own countries and holds them accountable for how they support those protesters.”
The White House said on Thursday about Iran’s support for Russia as Britain announced new sanctions against Iranian officials and companies accused of supplying drones.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said in a statement, “These cowardly drone attacks are a desperate act.” We will ensure that they are held accountable for their actions.”
Among the individuals hit by an asset freeze and travel ban by the UK was Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, who oversees an Army branch that supplies drones to Russia. brig. General Sayyed Hodjatra Qureshi is Iran’s main negotiator in the deal. and brig. General Saeed Aghajani, Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Aerospace Forces UAV Command.
Shahed Aviation Industries, the Iranian manufacturer of drones used by Russia, was also affected by the asset freeze.
Associated Press writer Tara Copp contributed to the report.