“Scores of Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones launched into Ukraine by Russia have been gunned down by the country’s air defence systems, in a further sign of Vladimir Putin’s weakening war machine.
Some 37 Shahed-136 drones made up Russia’s long-range blitz on city centres across Ukraine on Monday, but many were destroyed before hitting their targets.
Fears that the new weapons could turn the war in Russia’s favour have failed to come true in recent weeks.
Running desperately short of long-range precision weaponry and its own drone programme, Moscow leant on one of its remaining global allies, Iran, to do a deal on securing a supply of the weapons.
But the failing drones have proved largely ineffective, immobile, easily detectable and unable to select and destroy sensitive military targets.
According to Ukraine’s intelligence services, Russia has ordered 2,400 of the drones, which can loiter over targets for hours before launching suicide strikes.
Comment: And we feared these Muscovite clowns? pl