Russia buying millions of rockets and shells from North Korea, US intelligence says

THE GUARDIAN

US official says deal shows Russia is continuing to suffer severe supply shortages as its invasion of Ukraine grinds on.

Associated Press

Tue 6 Sep 2022 04.49 BST

The Russian defence ministry is in the process of buying millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea to support its invasion of Ukraine, according to a newly downgraded US intelligence finding.

A US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said on Monday that the fact Russia was turning to North Korea demonstrated that “the Russian military continues to suffer from severe supply shortages in Ukraine, due in part to export controls and sanctions”.

US intelligence officials believe that the Russians could look to purchase additional North Korean military equipment in the future. The intelligence finding was first reported by the New York Times.

The finding comes after the Biden administration recently confirmed that the Russian military in August took delivery of Iranian-manufactured drones for use on the battlefield in Ukraine.

The White House said last week that Russia has faced technical problems with Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series drones, bought as part of what the Biden administration says is likely part of a Russian plan to acquire hundreds of Iranian unmanned aerial vehiclea (UAVs).

North Korea has sought to tighten relations with Russia as much of Europe and the west has pulled away. The regime has blamed the US for the Ukraine crisis and claimed the west’s “hegemonic policy” justifies military action by Russia in Ukraine to protect itself.

The North Koreans have hinted interest in sending construction workers to help rebuild Russian-occupied territories in the country’s east.

North Korea’s ambassador to Moscow recently met envoys from two Russia-backed separatist territories in the Donbas region of Ukraine and expressed optimism about cooperation in the “field of labor migration”, citing his country’s easing pandemic border controls.

In July North Korea became the only nation aside from Russia and Syria to recognise the self-proclaimed republics in Luhansk and Donetsk, further aligning with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

4 comments

    • Biden has done very well, no question. Better than expected even. But still piss poor. This refusal to correctly label a textbook nazi regime that is using genocide, torture, rape and terror to achieve its objectives is the sign of a weakling.
      The Trump wing of the GOP is on the ascendancy. Here are quotes from some Republican candidates and/or elected officials on Ukraine:
      “I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or another.”
      * JD Vance, GOP Candidate for Senator from Ohio
      “If the GOP takes the House in the upcoming midterms, support for Ukraine will end.” – Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)
      “[Putin is] taking over a country for two dollars worth of sanctions. I’d say that’s pretty smart.” – Pres. Donald Trump
      ““I went in yesterday and there was a television screen, and I said, ‘This is genius.’ Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine — of Ukraine — Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful.”
      * Pres. Donald Trump
      “NATO has been supplying the neo-Nazis in Ukraine with powerful weapons and extensive training on how to use them. What the hell is going with these #NATONazis?”
      * Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, (R-GA)
      *
      And we haven’t even mentioned the Russian agent Rand Paul.

      Front Runner DeSantis is backed by all of those motherfuckers listed above. What are the chances that he is NOT a fucking putlerite? Close to zero.

      What chance is there that the GOP puts up a person with integrity for the next POTUS? A Marco Rubio, a Roger Wicker, a Lindsay Graham or a Ted Cruz?
      Chances look like zero at present.

      Another embarrassment of riches for Ukraine. (Sarc).

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