An Iranian-made drone flies over Kyiv, Ukraine during a Russian attack, October 17, 2022 (Sergei Supinsky/AFP)

The European Union has approved more sanctions on Iran over human rights, amid the regime’s crackdown on nationwide protests following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody.

The bloc announced the asset freezes and travel bans on 11 individuals and four institutions involved in the repression. Those sanctioned including the chief of the “morality police” who seized and reportedly beat Amini on September 13.

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“Helping Russia to Terrorize Civilians”

Meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, several EU foreign ministers called for further sanctions over Iran’s supply of “kamikaze drones” to Russia for use on civilian targets and infrastructure in Ukraine.

The Shahed-136 drones have been central in Russia’s escalation of strikes this month, killing scores of civilians and damaging facilities for electricity, heating, and water.

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Denmark’s Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said, “Iranian drones are used apparently to attack in the middle of Kyiv, this is an atrocity.”

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said he considered sanctions “should be worked out immediately” to show Iran’s supply for deadly Russia attacks “has consequences”.

EU foreign policy head Josep Borrell said after the foreign ministers’ meeting, “We are following very closely the use of drones. We are gathering evidence and we will be ready to react with the tools at our disposal.”

The German Ambassador to the UK added on Tuesday morning:

The US added its own warning through State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel:

Anyone doing business with Iran that could have any link to UAVs or ballistic missile developments or the flow of arms from Iran to Russia should be very careful and do their due diligence – the US will not hesitate to use sanctions or take actions against perpetrators.

Russia deepening an alliance with Iran is something the whole world – especially those in the region and across the world, frankly – should be seeing as a profound threat.