Russia to buy rockets, artillery shells from North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.A newly downgraded U.S. intelligence report says that the Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of buying millions of
rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for its fight in Ukraine. A U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the intelligence finding
said Monday that the fact that Russia is turning to North Korea shows that "the Russian military continues to suffer from severe supply shortages in Ukraine
in part because of export controls and sanctions." U.S. intelligence officials think that the Russians might try to buy more military equipment from North Korea in the future.
The New York Times was the first to report on the intelligence finding. The official from the United States did not say how many weapons Russia planned to buy from North Korea.
The finding comes after the Biden administration confirmed that the Russian military got drones made in Iran for use on the battlefield in Ukraine in August.
The White House said last week that Iran-made drones that Russia bought from Tehran in August to use in its war with Ukraine have had technical problems.
Last month, Russia bought Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series unmanned aerial vehicles over the course of several days.
According to the Biden administration, this was likely part of a plan by Russia to buy hundreds of Iranian UAVs to use in Ukraine. North Korea has tried to get closer to Russia as much of Europe and the West have moved away