Iran 'appalled' to see devastation caused by its drones, claims peer

‘Honourable’ Iran would be ‘appalled’ to see the devastation caused by its kamikaze drones, claims Tory peer

  • The Lords defence minister said Iran would be ‘appalled’ by Russia drone strikes
  • Russia has launched dozens of kamikaze drones against Ukraine this week
  • Iran supplied Putin’s regime with 1,000 of the weapons in August, the US said  

Defence minister Baroness Goldie has said she thinks Iran would be ‘appalled’ to see the devastation caused by kamikaze drones in Ukraine it supplied to Russia.

The Tory peer told The House of Lords Iran was a country of ‘honourable traditions’ that takes ‘pride in its international position’.

She said Iran may reconsider providing such weapons to Russia to use in its invasion.

Lady Goldie said: ‘I have to say that Iran may be a problematic country in many respects, but historically it’s actually a country of honourable traditions and I think pride in its international position.

‘And I’d have thought it was appalled at seeing the footage of what these drones were achieving and delivering for innocent citizens of Ukraine and I’d have thought that might want to make Iran consider just where it is in this.

A ball of smoke and flames rises over the streets of Kyiv as the city is bombarded by a swarm of Iranian-made kamikaze drones on Monday 

One of the drones soars towards civilian tower blocks in the centre of Kiev during the attack

When asked what the UK might do to try and persuade Iran to end its military support for Russia, she told peers that ‘severe sanctions’ are already in place.

She said: ‘I would remind members that sanctions, and severe sanctions, have been applied both by the UK and by the UN against Iran.

‘And we continue to review how it is and how we can persuade Iran to reconsider what it’s doing.’

The drones being dispatched in Ukraine, including in Kyiv this week, are known as single-use or kamikaze drones because they are not intended to survive their mission.

According to the US, Russia took delivery of 1,000 drones from Iran at the end of August.

Iran has denied exporting any weapons for use in Ukraine, but Volodymyr Zelensky’s government has still ejected Iran’s ambassador from the country.

The weapons rained down on the Ukrainian capital in successive waves of 28 drones earlier this week, according to Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko. 

Conservative Defence Minister Baroness Goldie made the comments in the House of Lords 

A security officer tries to shoot down a suicide drone attacking the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Monday

Five smashed into the capital itself while 13 or more were shot down in the wider Kyiv region, all of them as they flew in from the south, said a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Yurii Ihnat.

One strike appeared to target the city’s heating network, hitting an operations centre while another slammed into a four-story residential building, ripping a large hole in it and collapsing at least three apartments on top of each other, killing three.

The Shaheds, which Russia has rebranded as Geran-2 drones, pack an explosive charge and be fired one after the other.

With a range of more than 600 miles, the explosive-laden drones can ‘loiter’ above potential targets for hours before being slammed directly into enemy soldiers, vehicles or buildings from above – causing an explosion. 

They are particularly devastating due to the psychological impact on residents, spreading fear and disrupting daily activity.

Meanwhile, Iran has also been in the news over ongoing protests in Iran by women and girls, who are risking their lives to fight the harsh regime.

Protests were triggered over attempts to re-impose strict hijab rules, as well as the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman killed in police custody after being arrested for wearing her hijab incorrectly.

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