Russia, Iran Defiant Amid UN Pressure Over Ukraine Drones

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Russia, Iran Defiant Amid UN Pressure Over Ukraine Drones

Russia warns the United Nations against investigating its use of drones in Ukraine, amid accusations the weapons came from Iran and were used in violation of UN arms restrictions on the Middle Eastern country.

The United States, France and the United Kingdom called a closed-door Security Council meeting on the drones after an attack on Kyiv on Monday that killed at least five people, and caused widespread damage to power stations and other civilian infrastructure.

Ukraine says its military has shot down more than 220 Iranian drones in little more than a month and has invited UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to Ukraine to inspect some of the wreckage it has collected.

Speaking after the Security Council meeting on Wednesday, Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador, Dmitry Polyanskiy, insisted the weapons had been made in Russia and condemned “baseless accusations and conspiracy theories”.