Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that Russia’s reliance on Iranian drones to attack Ukrainian targets shows that Moscow is “bankrupt” politically and militarily.
He added that the use of Iranian weapons amounted to the Kremlin’s admission of failure.
“For decades, they spent billions of dollars on their military-industrial complex. And in the end, they bowed to Tehran to secure very simple drones and missiles,” Zelensky said in a nightly video address.
Ukraine says recent Russian attacks on the infrastructure have relied on Iranian-made Shahed-136 “Kamikaze” aircraft. Iran denies providing Russia with drones.
In his speech, Zelensky also thanked everyone who helped Ukraine with anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense. According to the president, the German “IRIS-T” has shown itself as a “really effective system”.
“We are working with partners to further protect Ukrainian skies,” Zelensky added.
Here are the other headlines of the war in Ukraine on October 19.
Russia announces evacuation from Kherson
A Russian official said late Tuesday that the battle of Kherson would begin in the “near future.”
Kirill Strimosov urged residents to leave the area immediately.
Kherson is one of four partially occupied Ukrainian regions “annexed” by Russia after referendums widely considered illegitimate.
The Kremlin-appointed head of the region, Vladimir Saldo, announced on Tuesday the evacuation of civilians from four communities near the Dnipro River, citing the risk that Ukrainian bombing could damage a nearby dam.
A Russian commander admits that the situation for his forces is ‘tense’
The new Russian military commander of Ukraine’s operations said that the Russian army is preparing to evacuate civilians from the Kherson region.
“The Russian army will, first of all, ensure the safe evacuation of the residents of Kherson,” General Sergei Surovkin told Russian state television.
Sorovikin, who has been in office for ten days, added that the combat situation there was “extremely tense”.
He added that “the enemy does not abandon its attempts to attack the positions of the Russian forces,” in a rare acknowledgment of the pressure felt by its forces.
Germany sends more military support to Ukraine
On Tuesday, the government revealed that it had provided Ukraine with five more armored rescue vehicles. This doubles the total amount sent by Germany.
Berlin also introduced seven bridge systems to enable the crossing of rivers.
In addition to more ammunition, Germany also sent winter clothing, power generators, and first aid kits.
The United States and its allies raise the status of the transfer of Iranian drones to Russia at the United Nations
The United States, Britain and France plan to raise allegations of Iranian arms transfers to Russia at a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, diplomats said, after Ukraine said Russia’s acquisition of drones violated a Security Council resolution.
The diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the three – who also believe these transfers violate UN Security Council Resolution 2231 – have told their Security Council counterparts that they will ask a UN official to brief members on the issue.
Russia launched dozens of “kamikaze” drones into Ukraine on Monday, hitting energy infrastructure and killing five people in the capital, Kyiv. Ukraine says it is an Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone.
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dh/rt (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)