Report: Russia Aims Iranian-Made Drones at Jews in Uman

A view of the tziyun of Rav Nachman of Breslov in Uman, on Erev Rosh Hashanah. (Flash90)

While thousands of Jews from across the world, and notably from Israel, marked Rosh Hashanah in Uman, media outlets in Ukraine reported on Tuesday that Russian forces deliberately launched at least 10 Iranian suicide drones of the Shahad-136 model over the city.

Subsequently, on Wednesday, Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk, confirmed the reports. However, he told Israel’s Kan news that “the Ukrainian security forces responded effectively and that there was no reason for Israelis to leave Uman for safety concerns.”

According to the report, during the last few days, the military forces of Ukraine shot down more than ten drones, some of which were launched from the territory of the Crimean Peninsula and aimed at Uman. According to the assessment, Russia wanted to focus on Jewish religious sites with a large audience.

A Ukrainian security official told the Babel news website that “planned acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens are one of the conditions for the transfer of Iranian drones to Russia.

“As we know, this is not the first example of cooperation between the two countries. Not long ago, a Ukrainian civilian plane was shot down in Iran, probably by mistake. But you can see the interests of the Kremlin behind this case.”

At the same time, the Ukrainian Air Force also reported that, for the first time, it had shot down a large Iranian drone of the Mohajer-6 type. After the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry had already announced that the delivery of the drones would lead to severe damage to the bilateral relations between the countries, a political source said that “in response to the fact the unfriendly act, the Ukrainian side decided to revoke the authority of the Iranian ambassador, and also to significantly reduce the number of diplomatic staff of the Iranian embassy in Kyiv.”

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