“We Have No Effective Defense Against Ballistic Missiles” – Ukrainian Air Force

By Kyiv Post.

 Published Nov. 2 at 4:40 pm

A Ukrainian serviceman looks at a Russian ballistic missile’s booster stage that fell in a field in Bohodarove, eastern Ukraine, on April 25, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Yuriy Ignat, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force, believes that Russia is preparing to station Iranian ballistic missiles close to Ukraine’s northern border. He said that shooting them down is “possible in theory but very difficult in practice.” 

“We’re going to take every defense measure against these missiles. They’ll probably be stationed to the north of Ukraine, and launched in such a way as to threaten the whole of Ukraine. There’s one type of missile with a 300-kilometer range [125 miles], and another with a range of 700 kilometers [425 miles],” Ignat warned.

“These are ballistic missiles. We have no effective defense against them. We have the means of air defense, but not of missile defense,” Ignat explained in his briefing on Nov. 1.

Iran was reportedly about to send its Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar missiles to Russia, according to an earlier report from The Washington Post. Their ranges fall within the distances that Ignat described.

According to Reuters in Moscow on Oct. 6, an agreement was reached regarding the missiles shipment. Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s defense intelligence, has also claimed that Russia would get Iranian missiles in November.

CNN reported that Iran will send Russia about 1,000 weapons, including 450 suicide drones and a number of short-range ballistic missiles according to an unnamed official source in the West. Iran’s involvement in supplying Russia with weapons for its conflict with Ukraine and this information are denied by both Russia and Iran. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian military reports shooting down Iranian drones almost daily.

Drones have been used extensively in the conflict ever since Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February. Their use has increased since the summer when the U.S. and Kiev claim Moscow purchased drones from Iran. These Iranian drones have recently been used to attack vital Ukrainian energy infrastructure.

The CNN report claims that Iranian drones have the ability to circle for some time in an area that has been flagged as a potential target before striking and are known as “loitering munitions.” They are lightweight, portable and simple to launch but their main benefit is that they can be fired from a distance and are imperceptible.

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The U.S. National Security Council’s communications coordinator John Kirby stated in October that the presence of Iranian personnel was proof of Tehran’s direct involvement in the conflict.

“We can confirm that Russian military personnel that are based in Crimea have been piloting Iranian UAVs, using them to conduct strikes across Ukraine, including strikes against Kyiv,” Kirby said in reference to uncrewed aircraft.

It is likely that sending more Iranian weapons to Russia will worsen the country’s relations with the U.S.

Rob Malley, the U.S. ambassador to Iran, strongly criticized Iran on Monday, Oct. 31, for providing drones, saying that the Biden administration will not “waste our time” on efforts to resurrect the nuclear agreement “if nothing’s going to happen.”

“We know that those drones have been used to target civilians and civilian infrastructure. And we know that Iran, in the face of all of this evidence, keeps lying and denying that it’s happening,” Malley stated.

Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters during a briefing on Tuesday, Nov. 1, that “We do have concerns that Russia may also seek to acquire additional advanced munition capabilities from Iran, for example surface-to-surface missiles, to use in Ukraine.”

The U.S. has increased sanctions against Iran as a result of Tehran’s support of Russia in the conflict in the Ukraine and its suppression of nationwide demonstrations following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, in September.

7 comments

  1. Iran is now an active component of putler’s genocide on Ukraine.
    The US must respond in the same way it would if its ally Israel was being attacked. It must hit Tehran; hard.
    The Budapest signatories must now assemble as many long range ground-launched ballistic missiles as possible: possibly thousands. They will need to be handed over to Ukraine asap. Ukraine needs to smash the utilities and energy infrastructure of cities like Rostov and Belgorod.
    The implicit message should be :
    “Stop murdering our civilians immediately. Or we will start to inflict on your civilians the same death, misery and horror that you inflicted on ours.

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    • Sir Scradgel I agree with your assessment however, where is the EU and for that matter Great Britain. The only companies providing services to Iran appear to be European based. How about we start with the EU first.

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      • “Where is the EU and for that matter Great Britain?”
        We don’t give anywhere near enough to Ukraine; no question. However, we give more than the EU as an entity and more than Europe combined.
        We also give almost twice as much in relation to GDP, than the US.
        I have stated though that the Budapest signatories must each give 10% of their military budgets and 20% of their overseas aid budgets to Ukraine, to reflect their responsibilities, since both reneged on Budapest.

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        • It’s not a contribution thing but a sanction that I’m referring too. I’ve seen a list where German snd Italian based companies are in Iran. I’m suture there are other violations but the EU is going squat

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        • That is one of the saddest parts of this whole affair that there was no response to breaking Budapest. Putler gambled and won and now look at all the death and destruction. Obama and Cameron will live with that stain for a million years and they deserve it.
          They say “it was not legally binding” but in affect wtf do you think you’ll get in return for getting rid of your nukes for God’s sake?

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  2. Mafia land is destroying Ukrainian electric power system systematically, destroys all manner of civilian targets daily, goes on shopping sprees in Iran and North Korea for more weapons, while the West refuses to give Ukraine such sensible and urgently needed arms like ATACMS, tanks and aircraft. Where is the logic in all of this?

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