The military command of russian armed forces plans to deploy iranian ballistic missiles to the north from Ukraine, informs Yurii Ihnat, the spokesman of the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian army, during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine on November 1.
As noted by the official, the russians want to place the missile systems in a way so that they will threaten the entire territory of Ukraine. Based on that, we can assume that russians will launch them from belarus, just as they did before – with their other missiles and Shahed-type drones.
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Air Force representative also pointed out that Ukraine’s air defense will have hard time dealing with iranian missiles with the weapons available to the Ukrainian military.
"We have anti-aircraft systems but not anti-missile ones," he noted.
As a reminder, russia was earlier reported to have intention of acquiring not only kamikaze drones but ballistic missiles, too: the weapons in question are Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar with firing ranges of 300 km and 700 km respectively. In an interview to The Drive, Defense Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov stated russia could start using them in November.
At the same time, we should also pay attention to the fact that U.S. intelligence is cautious when speaking about the iranian missiles for russia. In particular, during the October 31 briefing at the Pentagon, a senior defense official said they’ve "seen press reports", yet had no details to tell the journalists.