Ukrainian officials are accusing Russia of using Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones to hit targets deep within their territory, including in one attack in a town located just 50 miles south of the capital city of Kyiv.
This week, officials said Russia had used drones of the “Shahed-136 type” in the attack on the town of Bila Tserkva, destroying several buildings and injuring one person in a strike that is the closest to the country’s capital while using such weapons, reports NBC News.
Christopher Tuck, an expert in conflict and security at King’s College London, said the drone has been nicknamed “kamikaze” because it destroys targets by crashing into them. The weapon can be equipped with a small warhead and has an operational range that can be up to 1,200 miles, but is likely shorter in practice, he added.
“It’s still sufficient to hit any target in Ukraine from Russian-occupied areas,” Tuck said.