Ukrainian and Israeli officials have held talks about Kyiv’s request for Israel to provide air defence assistance, days after Russia allegedly deployed Iranian “kamikaze” drones as part of a new wave of air raids on the war-torn country.
Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Thursday he had spoken on the phone to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and “discussed in detail” the provision of air and missile defence systems and technology.
“I informed him [about the] unspeakable suffering, loss of life, and destruction caused by Russian missiles and Iranian-made drones,” he tweeted.
Lapid’s office said in a statement on Thursday that the Israeli prime minister had expressed “deep concern” over the military ties between Russia and arch foe Iran.
Ukraine this week accused Russia of using four Iranian-made drones to bomb kyiv and said its air defences have shot down 223 Iranian drones since mid-September.
The Kremlin said it had no knowledge of its army using Iranian drones in Ukraine and Tehran said the claims that it is providing Russia with weapons are “baseless”.