Russia’s suicide drones labeled as 'barbaric' by Michael Danby
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Russian forces have destroyed crucial Ukrainian energy infrastructure in the capital Kyiv in a series of strikes that have left many civilians without water and electricity on Tuesday and Wednesday. Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to deploy a total of 13 Iran-made kamikaze drones to carry out the attacks on the country.
As she introduced Australian former Labour MP Michael Danby, Sky News Australia’s host Peta Credlin said: “This is a new level of cruelty, isn’t it?”
Mr Danby said: “So barbaric. Suicide drones don’t loiter. They don’t send feedback back to their base.
“They have a small bomb at the end and it is sufficient to destroy a power station, substation or a water pump.
“So Ukrainian people are sitting in Kyiv and Kharkiv tonight in the dark, sometimes without water.”
The string of Russian attacks forced Ukraine’s sole power grid operator to conduct power outages in the capital Kyiv, as well as Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Sumy, Kharkiv and Poltava regions.
Ukrenergo said in a statement that the effort was needed to stabilise the energy supply damaged by Russian suicide drones and missile attacks and reduce the load on the grid to sustainable levels.
“This morning, the enemy again launched a massive missile attack on energy infrastructure facilities. New damage has exacerbated the situation in Ukraine’s power system. Stabilization schedules of hourly power outages, which were introduced from 06.00 in all regions, have been cancelled,” the company said on Monday, according to the Russian Interfax news agency.
Regional power companies have introduced local restrictions for consumers within the region, Ukrenergo added.
Twelve kamikaze drones were shot down by Ukrainian forces, bringing the total number to 300 since the war began, Ukrainian Airforce reported. A total of 13 Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones had been launched by Russia.
The Ukrainian Air Force said: “On the night of November 1 to 2, the enemy attacked Ukraine from the eastern direction by ‘Shahed-136’ kamikaze drones. 12 out of 13 barrage munitions were destroyed by air defence in the eastern and central regions of the country.
“Six UAVs were shot down by anti-aircraft missile units, aviation and mobile fire groups of the eastern air command.”
Iran denies supplying suicide drones to Russia, but President Zelensky claimed Russia may have ordered as many as 2,400 to be deployed on critical infrastructure.
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The Ukrainian Main Military Intelligence Directorate (GUR) reported Iran officials to intend to send a shipman of more than 200 combat drones to Russia in what would be the first confirmed instance of Iran sending Russia advanced precision-guided missiles.
The Paris-based dissident organisation National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has accused Iran of selling more than 3,500 kamikaze drones to Russia, alleging “most of them were made at the factories of [Iran’s] Ministry of Defense, with others produced by the factories of the Iranian Aviation and Space Industries Association (IASIA).”
A total of 16,000 homes were left without power following Monday’s Russian bombardment, according to Ukrainian officials.
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