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The sea front at Arcadia Beach in Odesa, Ukraine, on Sept. 26.
The sea front at Arcadia Beach in Odesa, Ukraine, on Sept. 26.Photographer: Julia Kochetova/Bloomberg

Iran’s Drones Are Cheap, Plentiful and Helping Russia in Ukraine

Loitering munitions, which can fly long distances and wait for hours before hitting a target, have brought the war back to Odesa.

After months of being hammered on Ukraine’s battlefields by US kamikaze drones and longer range rocket systems, Russia is striking back with a new capability if its own, attacking the southern port city of Odesa almost daily with winged missiles from Iran. 

That’s leading some Ukrainians to begin to flee Odesa again for the first time since before the summer. Russia has hit the port and the military’s Southern Command, both in the center of the city of 1 million, plus an ammunition depot and other targets outside the city.