Ukraine Destroys Iranian-Made 'Kamikaze' Drone Used by Russia: Video

Ukraine's military has shared a video that it says shows the destruction of an Iranian-made "kamikaze" drone used by Russia.

The Iranian "Shahed-136" drones have been increasingly used by Russia as part of a recent effort to ramp up air attacks in Ukraine. The Air Force Command of Ukraine's Armed Forces shared a video to Facebook on Friday that it says shows one of the drones exploding midair in the Dnipropetrovsk region, about 60 miles northeast of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense also shared the video to Twitter, while saying in the tweet that a total of six Russian kamikaze drones had been destroyed by Ukraine on Friday. Iran was also accused of supporting "Nazism" by supplying the drones.

"In 1943, Tehran became a place of hope for a new life without Nazism," the Ministry of Defense said in the tweet along with the video, which shows the drone turning into a fireball in mid-flight.

"In 2022, fundamentalist Tehran became a place that supports russian Nazism and the murder of peaceful citizens," the tweeted continued. "Today, #UAarmy destroyed 6 russian kamikaze drones provided by Iran."

The destroyed drone was one of two Shahed-136 drones that Ukraine said it downed in the Dnipropetrovsk region on Friday.

Mykola Lukashuk, head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, said in a Telegram message that one of the destroyed drones had injured six people after debris fell into a private yard and caused a fire, while multiple buildings and cars were also damaged.

"In the evening, the air defense units shot down two Shahed-136 kamikaze drones over Dnipropetrovsk region," Lukashuk said, according to state-run news agency Ukrinform. "One drone fell into the yard of a household, a fire broke out there. Six people were injured, one person was hospitalized."

The other drone shot down in Dnipropetrovsk reportedly landed on a local highway, causing damage to at least 100 square meters of road.

An additional Iranian-made kamikaze drone was destroyed on Friday during a fatal Russian drone attack in Odesa, according to The Kyiv Post.

"Odesa was attacked by kamikaze drones from the sea," the Ukrainian government said in a statement, according to the Post. "Two drones destroyed an administrative building in the port area and rescue services are putting out the flames. One civilian was killed. One 'Shahed-136' drone was shot down over the sea by air defence forces."

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A drone is depicted flying while on fire in this representational image. Ukraine's military said on Friday that it destroyed at least six Iranian-made drones that were being used by Russian forces, while sharing a video of one of the drones exploding in midair. aapsky/Getty Images

A second type of Iranian-made drone used by Russia, the multi-purpose Mohajer-6, was also reportedly destroyed for the first time on Friday, according to a Telegram message from the Ukrainian Air Force.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a press conference on August 30 that Iran had sent Russia a supply of both Shahed-136 and Mohajer-6 drones "over the course of several days in August."

Ukraine reported destroying at least five Russian drones on Thursday, including at least four Shahed-136 drones. Ukraine previously reported the destruction of a Shahed-136 drone near the frontlines of the war in the eastern Kharkiv region earlier this month.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Iran would face serious consequences for engaging in a "collaboration with evil" by providing the drones to Russia.

"Today, the Russian army used Iranian drones for attacking the Dnipropetrovsk region and Odesa," Zelensky said in a televised address. "I commissioned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide a tough response to this fact. The world will know about every fact of collaboration with evil, and it will have corresponding consequences.

"It has already been decided to deprive the Ambassador of Iran to Ukraine of accreditation, as well as to significantly reduce the number of diplomatic personnel of the Iranian Embassy," he continued.

Newsweek reached out to the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C., and to the Russian government for comment.