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27 Sep, 2023 15:10

Ukraine asked West to strike Iran and Syria – Guardian

Kiev was reportedly willing to conduct missile attacks on both nations if its Western backers supplied “the necessary means of destruction”
Ukraine asked West to strike Iran and Syria – Guardian

The Ukrainian government urged its Western backers last month to conduct missile strikes on drone factories in Iran and Syria, even offering to launch the attacks itself if given the weapons to do so, according to a document seen by The Guardian.

The document in question was handed to G7 governments by Ukrainian officials in August, the British newspaper reported on Wednesday. In it, the Ukrainians claimed that kamikaze drones used by Russian forces are built by Iranian manufacturers in Iran and Syria, and contain Western components.

Kiev alleges that Russia uses Iranian-made Shahed-131 and Shahed-136 drones, and that these contain 51 and 57 Western-made parts respectively. “Among the manufacturers are companies headquartered in the countries of the sanctions coalition: the United States, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Japan, and Poland,” the document reportedly stated.

Moscow denies using Iranian drones, insisting that the Shahed-like craft it launches at Ukrainian military and infrastructure targets are designed and made in Russia. 

According to The Guardian, the report recommended “missile strikes on the production plants of these UAVs in Iran [and] Syria, as well as on a potential production site in the Russian federation.”

“The above may be carried out by the Ukrainian defense forces if partners provide the necessary means of destruction,” the document continued. 

While Israel occasionally strikes military factories in Syria and is widely believed to be behind similar attacks in Iran, it is highly unlikely that the US or its allies would consider a direct attack on Iran. Likewise, it is unlikely that Ukraine would be given the long-range missiles necessary for such an operation, considering the US has even expressed reservations about providing Kiev with missiles capable of hitting targets inside Russia. 

Additionally, Moscow claims that Ukraine has lost 83,000 men since June in its failing effort to breach Russian defensive lines near Zaporozhye and Donetsk. With losses mounting, the chances of Ukraine being able to fight foreign forces 1,500km away are extremely slim.