Iran To Send Drones to Russia as Ukraine Continues to Lose Ground in the East

Iran is providing Russia with hundreds of drones this month as Vladimir Putin’s forces continue to conquer strategic points in the eastern parts of Ukraine.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) can be used for reconnaissance with some of them being “weapons-capable.” Last year, Iran unveiled its Kaman-22 UAV which looks like it is modeled after the United States Predator platform.

This is not the first time that Iran has aided and abetted an aggressive foreign power. Similar drones were provided to Yemen’s Houthi rebels who used them to wage attacks against Saudi Arabia.

The UAV support from Iran will help shore up shortages for the Russian army. Its armed forces have been maintaining a high pace of operations since March which has resulted in large losses of material.

The aid from Iran is dwarfed by the staggering sums of money and support to Ukraine by the Western powers. Devex’s funding platform, which monitors 850 information sources around the world, has recorded over $100 billion in monetary aid so far.

Yet it is Russia, not Ukraine, that is racking up the victories in the eastern theatre. Lysychansk, the last major city in the contested Donbas region fell the first week of July.

Now that Putin effectively controls Donbas, he has access to its prized coal and steel infrastructure. Even more importantly it solidifies a land bridge between Russia and Crimea.

Iran sees Russia as the winning side in the conflict and is trying to forge even closer ties. In June, the country applied to join the BRICS coalition.

The bloc of emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South America have started to construct their own financial system. This has been particularly useful for Putin to skirt the sanctions from the west.

Argentina has also applied to join the coalition that contains 40% of the world’s population and around a quarter of its economic power.

BRICS is quickly becoming a counterpoint to the U.s.-led Western powers. It is unclear if the two powers will engage in actual kinetic warfare, but it seems increasingly more likely by the day.

With Iran putting itself in open opposition to NATO at the very least it indicates that the unipolar world of the last 20 years may soon be a thing of the past.