Protesters held Iranian and Ukrainian flags as well as placards with the slogan “Iranian people in solidarity with Ukraine”.
Several dozen Iranians gathered in Kyiv’s Maidan Square today to express solidarity with Ukrainians and protest Russia’s use of Iranian drones to strike targets in Ukraine.
The protesters answered the call of the Iranian community of Kiev. They held Iranian and Ukrainian flags as well as placards with the slogan “Iranian people in solidarity with Ukraine”.
“The country where we were born and the current regime (of Iran) are sending drones to kill us, as well as our friends (in Ukraine). It is very painful (…) We have to express our opinion and say that we are against it,” commented Maziar Mian, a 34-year-old Iranian architect.
Nilou, a 29-year-old Iranian woman, went to the demonstration to tell Ukrainians that “we, the Iranian people, are not the Islamic Republic, we don’t want (Iranian leaders) to give Putin the means to act.”
“In this war with Russia, we are on the side of Ukraine,” Mian added.
According to Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ikhnat, more than 300 Iranian Shahed-136 drones have been shot down to date. Iran denies supplying Russia with such aircraft while the Kremlin says the West is seeking to “put pressure” on Tehran.
In September, Kyiv decided to drastically limit its diplomatic relations with Tehran, due to the alleged delivery of Iranian weapons systems to Moscow. The Iranian flag was still flying today on the roof of the Iranian embassy, near the Ukrainian presidency, as “there is no one” in the building, according to an Iranian who participated in the demonstration.
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