On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Israel has been giving Ukraine “basic intelligence concerning Iranian drones” that Russia is using in its conflict with Ukraine.
According to the story, which cited a senior Ukrainian official, a private Israeli corporation has started giving Ukraine satellite images of Russian military locations on Ukrainian soil.
According to Ukraine’s military, Ukraine shot down nine Russian-launched drones produced in Iran on Wednesday.
Fox News reported on Tuesday that as tensions between Minsk and NATO rise and Belarus threatens to send ground forces into Ukraine to support its Russian partner, Moscow has supplied its neighbor and friend Belarus with hundreds of drones built in Iran.
Thirty-two Iranian-made Shahed-136 suicide drones have recently arrived in Belarus, according to Kyiv’s Main Directorate of Intelligence, a division of the Defense Ministry, and eight more are expected by Friday.
According to Ukraine, Russia launched 84 cruise missiles and numerous drones at its cities on Wednesday, targeting the nation’s energy infrastructure and other public places.
Given the effectiveness of Israel’s Iron Dome and the longer-range Barak-8 [surface-to-air missile], Ukraine has also requested air defense equipment.
Although Russia maintains a military presence in Syria, Israel has thus far refrained from inciting it to block Israeli airstrikes there.
In late September, a senior Ukrainian official said that Israel had provided “a little bit of intelligence information” regarding Iranian weapons being sent to Russia for use in its conflict with Ukraine.
However, Kan News quoted the official as noting, “We need much more than that.”