The White House claimed on Thursday that they have evidence of Iranian troops being “directly engaged on the ground” in Crimea as Russia continues to launch assaults against Ukrainian infrastructure. Putin has been accused of war crimes as his missiles have hit a number of civilian targets.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that Tehran has sent a “relatively small number” of their military forces to Crimea.
The Crimean Peninsula was annexed illegally by Russia in 2014 and has been the scene of fierce fighting since the Russian invasion in February.
Mr Kirby said: “The information we have is that the Iranians have put trainers and tech support in Crimea, but it’s the Russians who are doing the piloting.”
Iran has strenuously denied selling any arms to the Russian Government.
This information about potential Iranian involvement in the Russo-Ukraine war comes at a sensitive time for the government in Tehran.
The Biden administration has imposed new sanctions against Iran after their brutal crackdown on anti-government protests in the country, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
Morality police had detained Ms Amini last month for not properly covering her hair with the Islamic headscarf, or hijab, in security custody.
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He said: “We’re not focused on the diplomacy at this point.
“What we are focused on is making sure that we’re holding the regime accountable for the way they’re treating peaceful protesters in their country and supporting those protesters.”
The UK and France have stated that Iran is in breach of its obligations to the nuclear deal by supplying Russia with these weapons.