The Russian occupation forces transferred Iranian instructors associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to the occupied territories of Ukraine to teach the Russian military how to use kamikaze drones.
This was reported by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Analysts, citing the Center for National Resistance, reported that Russian forces had brought an unspecified number of Iranian instructors to Jankoy in Crimea, Zaliznyi Port and Hladivtsi in Kherson Oblast to train Russian troops in the use of attack drones.
The center stated that Iranian instructors directly supervise the launch of "Shahids" at civilian objects in Ukraine, including in the Mykolaiv and Odesa regions.
The IRGC is likely to be the primary operator of the drones, so these Iranian instructors may be employees of the "corps" or associated with it.
Key findings of ISW analysts.
Russia is stepping up efforts to create informational conditions to misrepresent Ukraine as a terrorist state in order to reject recent calls to declare the Russian Federation a terrorist state.
Russian forces could have flown personnel associated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps into occupied areas of Ukraine to train the military in the use of drones.
Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian troops continued counteroffensive operations in the direction of Svatovoy and Kreminnaya. Russian troops continue defensive operations in this area.
Ukrainian forces are conducting ground attacks in the north-west and west of the Kherson region.
Russian troops conducted ground attacks in the area of Bakhmut and Avdiivka.
Russian forces are likely to strengthen the front line in the western part of the Zaporizhzhya region.
The Russian military continues to face challenges in equipping individual Russian soldiers with basic personal equipment.
The Russian and occupation authorities continue to take coercive measures against the residents of the occupied territories.