“They were on our territory,” he said. “We didn’t invite them here, and if they collaborate with terrorists and participate in the destruction of our nation, we must kill them,” Oleksii Danilov said.
Danilov did not specify how many Iranians were killed in Crimea but said they were helping to train Russian troops to use the Iranian-made Shahed-136 armed drones.
“The Iranians keep insisting that they are not suppliers of weapons to the Russian Federation, but we need confirmation,” Danilov said.
Ukraine’s official warned that further Iranian military presence in Ukrainian territory would also be targeted.
As it was reported, on October 21, Israeli radio station KAN reported, citing an unnamed Ukrainian source, that Ukraine’s military has killed 10 Iranian instructors in occupied parts of Kherson Oblast and Crimea.
After initially denying the accusations, Tehran admitted on November 5 to supplying Russia with drones, although Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian claimed it was before Russia’s full-scale invasion.
Russia has been using Iranian-made Shahed-136 kamikaze drones against Ukraine since September, launching waves of attacks that killed civilians and destroyed energy facilities nationwide.