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White House says Iran may provide Russia with hundreds of drones

Video from the Ukrainian Ministry of Emergency claimed to show workers freeing a man from the rubble of a destroyed apartment on July 10 in Chasiv Yar. (Video: Reuters)

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The United States said Monday that it has intelligence indicating Iran may soon supply Russia with hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles, including “weapons-capable” drones, to use in its war with Ukraine, a move that would underscore the growing cooperation between two American adversaries.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Iran could provide “up to several hundred” drones “on an expedited timeline,” but he added that it was unclear whether any of the devices had already been delivered. Citing U.S. information, Sullivan said Iran is prepared to train Russian forces to use the UAVs and could begin doing so as soon as this month.

Here’s what else to know

  • In Ukraine, Russian airstrikes in the east and north early Monday killed 21 people and injured at least 28, officials from those regions said.
  • European countries are on edge after the flow of gas from Russia into Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline stopped Monday for a 10-day scheduled maintenance period.
  • Ukraine is readying a force of 1 million with Western weapons to attempt to retake southern territory from Russian troops, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told Britain’s Times newspaper.
  • The Uber Files: A trove of documents obtained by the Guardian and shared with The Washington Post as well as other newsrooms and nonprofits reveal that Uber viewed Russia as among the company’s most important foreign markets — but failed to gain a foothold there.

War in Ukraine: What you need to know

The latest: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees Friday to annex four occupied regions of Ukraine, following staged referendums that were widely denounced as illegal. Follow our live updates here.

The response: The Biden administration on Friday announced a new round of sanctions on Russia, in response to the annexations, targeting government officials and family members, Russian and Belarusian military officials and defense procurement networks. President Volodymyr Zelensky also said Friday that Ukraine is applying for “accelerated ascension” into NATO, in an apparent answer to the annexations.

In Russia: Putin declared a military mobilization on Sept. 21 to call up as many as 300,000 reservists in a dramatic bid to reverse setbacks in his war on Ukraine. The announcement led to an exodus of more than 180,000 people, mostly men who were subject to service, and renewed protests and other acts of defiance against the war.

The fight: Ukraine mounted a successful counteroffensive that forced a major Russian retreat in the northeastern Kharkiv region in early September, as troops fled cities and villages they had occupied since the early days of the war and abandoned large amounts of military equipment.

Photos: Washington Post photographers have been on the ground from the beginning of the war — here’s some of their most powerful work.

How you can help: Here are ways those in the U.S. can support the Ukrainian people as well as what people around the world have been donating.

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