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Ukraine Imposes Sanctions on Iran for Alleged Support of Russia

Kyiv, Ukraine - Ukraine's parliament on Monday approved a sanctions package against Iran, accusing the country of sending weapons to Russia during its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The package was approved by parliament one day after Ukraine said Russia used Iranian Shahed drones in the largest UAV attack on the capital since the beginning of the invasion.

"The resolution synchronises Ukrainian sanctions with the actions of the entire civilised world on the path to the complete isolation of Iran," the Ukrainian parliament said on its website.

The package includes a ban on "military and dual-use goods" with Iran and the "suspension of economic and financial obligations in favour of residents of Iran."

It still needs to be signed into law by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a formality as the Ukrainian leader submitted the bill himself.

Zelenskyy had last week appealed directly to Iranians, asking: "Why do you want to be accomplices in Russian terror?"

His adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said Sunday that Kyiv was hit by dozens of Shahed drones and called Iran a "terrorist regime."

"Tehran has become a key ally of Moscow in this war, deliberately supplying it with weapons for attacks on civilian cities," Podolyak said on Twitter.

Tehran has struck back by saying this was an attempt by Zelenskyy to gain the West's military and financial support.

The sanctions against Iran are the latest in a series of measures taken by Ukraine against countries that it believes are supporting Russia's invasion. In April, Ukraine imposed sanctions on Belarus, which has been accused of providing logistical support to Russian forces.

The sanctions against Iran are likely to have a significant impact on the country's economy. Iran is already under heavy sanctions from the United States and the European Union, and the new sanctions from Ukraine will further isolate the country.

The sanctions are also likely to increase tensions between Iran and Ukraine. Iran has already warned Ukraine that it will retaliate against any further sanctions.

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