The Iranian foreign ministry has summoned the Ukrainian charge d’affaires in the country over comments made by a top presidential adviser, who appeared to link a recent drone attack in central Iran to the war in Ukraine.
The envoy was called to provide explanations over a Twitter post by Mykhailo Podolyak a day earlier, according to Nournews, an outlet affiliated with Iran’s National Security Council.
“Explosive night in Iran – drone & missile production, oil refineries,” Podolyak, an aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, had written, adding Ukraine “did warn you”.
Other Ukrainian officials have yet to publicly expand on his comments.
The tweet came shortly after a military factory in Isfahan came under attack from what officials said were three quadcopters armed with explosives.
The defence ministry running the site said the attack was thwarted, with the facility suffering only minor damage to its roof. State media carried footage that showed the remains of the drones, with one seemingly caught in a mesh net installed on top of the plant as a defence measure.
The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed United States officials and people familiar with the strike as saying Israel was behind the drone attack. Israel has not officially commented.
On the night of the drone attack, there were several other incidents in other regions of Iran, including a fire at a major industrial complex in the northwest of the country. Authorities have not officially linked the incidents.