Ukraine’s Odessa Again Attacked by Drones

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On Sunday, Ukraine said that Iranian-made drones had attacked the southern port city of Odessa the previous night, just two days after a similar attack by Russia killed two civilians.

The Operational Command South of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said, “Odesa was assaulted again by enemy kamikaze drones.”

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“The enemy hit the administration building in the city center three times,” the post read on Facebook.

Ukrainian air defense personnel were responsible for shooting down one drone. There were “no reported deaths.”

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A spokesperson for the Ukrainian South Command, Natalya Gumenyuk, informed AFP that the drones in question were “Iranian drones.”

Two civilians were murdered in an attack by a Russian drone produced in Iran on Friday in Odessa, prompting these strikes two days later.

According to Ukraine’s military forces, they shot down four Iranian drones in the country’s southern regions on Friday.

Ukraine’s capital later announced that it would downsize the Iranian embassy’s staff in Ukraine due to Iran’s sale of drones to Russia.

Ukraine’s foreign ministry announced that in response to Iran’s “unfriendly act,” Ukraine will “decide to deprive the Iranian ambassador in Ukraine of accreditation” and “seriously restrict the number of diplomatic workers” at the Iranian embassy in Kyiv.

As the ambassador was not in Ukraine at the time, a foreign ministry official told AFP that the move amounted to expulsion.

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On Friday, a spokeswoman for Ukrainian President Zelensky, Sergii Nykyforov, claimed that the use of Iranian-made weaponry by Russian soldiers “is steps taken by Iran against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state, as well as against the life and health of Ukrainian citizens.”

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