A US official tells CNN that Russia is currently acquiring millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for use in the conflict in Ukraine.
According to the official, the purchase shows that there are still severe supply shortages for the Russian military in Ukraine, which is partly because of export restrictions and sanctions.
According to the person, the US anticipates that Russia may try to purchase more military hardware from North Korea in the future.
The deal was initially covered by The New York Times. The 1950s Korean War had established ties between the two nations, with North Korea benefiting greatly from the former Soviet Union’s financial support of the state. The US and the West are to responsible for the war in Ukraine, according to North Korea.
The US recently concluded that Russia now has drones with the ability to carry weapons from Iran, likely for use in the conflict in Ukraine. The news of Moscow purchasing weapons from North Korea follows this assessment.
The Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series drones—the Shahed-129 and Shahed-191—that Moscow is believed to have legally acquired from Iran and transferred to Russia for use in the Ukraine War. The drones can be used for surveillance and can carry precision guided bombs.
The High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and other recently provided long-range precision artillery and rocket systems from the West have been used by the Ukrainian military to great effect. Ukraine has been able to precisely target and strike Russian command centres, logistical hubs, and ammo depots far beyond the front lines thanks to the HIMARS system.
At a news conference on Tuesday at the Pentagon, Defense Department press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder informed the media that Russia had contacted North Korea to “request ammo.”
According to Ryder, the request made to North Korea by Russia is “indicative of the circumstances Russia finds itself in.”
In terms of logistics and sustainment skills with regard to Ukraine, Ryder stated, “It does illustrate and is indicative of the scenario Russia finds itself in.” We believe that Russia’s efforts on that front are failing, thus the fact that they are contacting North Korea indicates that they are experiencing difficulties with sustainment.