Iran has been selling ammunition to Russia for its war in Ukraine, it is claimed.
A purported arms contract seen by Sky News is said to be the first hard evidence that Iran has sold ammunition to Russia.
It says that an “informed security source” has claimed that the 16-page document, dated September 14, 2022, appears to be for samples of varying sizes of artillery, tank shells and rockets worth just over $1m (£800,000).
It was shared by the source along with five pages of an allegedly linked contract that includes barrels of a T-72 tank and barrels of a Howitzer artillery piece, as well as ammunition shells. That deal was worth about $740,000 (£590,000).
Sky News says that it has not been able to verify the authenticity of the documents independently.
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However, it quotes the security source as saying: “This is a contract between the Iranians and the Russians regarding munitions. We believe it is 100% authentic.”
Sky says that Kyiv and London planned to investigate the authenticity of the material and would take action if it was found to be credible.
“We suspected that there’s something like that happening,” Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, told Sky News.
“As soon as we verify it properly, we will be able to act upon this.”
Uk foreign minister James Cleverly said: “When information is presented to us, we will look to assess it and to validate it. And of course, we will make decisions based on that.”
Meanwhile, Russia’s defence ministry said it had thwarted a “large-scale” Ukrainian assault in the eastern province of Donetsk yesterday (June 5).
Ukraine has not commented on the report, which was made by defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
He said Russian forces had killed 250 Ukrainian personnel, as well as destroying 16 tanks, three infantry fighting vehicles and 21 armoured combat vehicles – releasing a video which claimed to show some of the destroyed equipment.
“The enemy’s goal was to break through our defences in the most vulnerable, in its opinion, sector of the front,” said Mr Konashenkov. “The enemy did not achieve its tasks. It had no success.”
In a rare specific mention of the presence of Russia’s top military leaders in battlefield operations, he said the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov, “was at one of the forward command posts”.