it is becoming clearer by the day that Russia is running out of military munitions in Ukraine, and at a rather crucial time in the invasion.
The Kremlin’s soldiers have been an abysmal failure in the ground, with a vast number simply deserting the army or immediately surrendering at their first opportunity. Those who’ve remained dedicated to the cause have turned to barbaric war crimes and literal genocide, further tarnishing the already-spotty Russian reputation.
Now, with hardware running low, the Kremlin is turning to Tehran to keep the invasion alive.
Iran has promised to provide Russia with surface to surface missiles, in addition to more drones, two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats told Reuters, a move that is likely to infuriate the United States and other Western powers.
A deal was agreed on Oct. 6 when Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, two senior officials from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards and an official from the Supreme National Security Council visited Moscow for talks with Russia about the delivery of the weapons.
The new equipment could represent a serious upgrade.
“The Russians had asked for more drones and those Iranian ballistic missiles with improved accuracy, particularly the Fateh and Zolfaghar missiles family,” said one of the Iranian diplomats, who was briefed about the trip.
Russia’s latest attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure are believed to be utilizing some of these Iranian drones already, as the Kremlin looks to make the winter months highly unpleasant for Kyiv and beyond.