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US sanctions target production, transfer of Iranian drones to Russia

The US Treasury Department targeted the Iranian manufacturer of the Shahed-series drones used in recent Russian attacks in Kyiv, Odesa and the Kharkiv region of Ukraine.
Iranians walk past Iran's Shahed 129 drone displayed during celebrations in Tehran to mark the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on Feb. 11, 2016.

The Treasury Department on Tuesday announced new sanctions targeting firms involved in the production or transfer of Iranian drones to Russia for use in attacks against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

The department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Shahed Aviation Industries Research Center, which it accused of manufacturing the drones, including the single-use Shahed-136 drones that struck civilian targets in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities in mid-October.

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