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Analysts reveal routes for supply of weapons from Russia through North Korea

Analysts reveal routes for supply of weapons from Russia through North Korea Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (photo:

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has identified routes for the supply of weapons from North Korea to Russia, according to Beyond Parallel.

CSIS analyzed satellite images taken since August 2023, revealing large-scale transfers of ammunition between North Korea and Russia.

According to analysts, the movement of vessels continues between Najin in North Korea and the ports of Danube and East Russia. It is reported that during these trips, over 2.5 million artillery shells and other ammunition were transported.

"We find that since August 2023, there have been at least 25 different visits to Najin for the loading of munitions from North Korea to be delivered to Russia. Additionally, at least 19 'dark vessels' – vessels with their AIS transmissions turned off to avoid outside detection – have visited Vostochny Port in Russia to both unload and load containers from the port," the analysts reported.

Delivery of weapons

According to CSIS, the infrastructure of the Tikhoretsk ammunition depot, the Mozdok ammunition depot, and the Yegorlykha airfield (Rostov region), which has been converted into an ammunition depot for storing ammunition closer to the front line, is actively expanding.

The North Korean port of Najin was used to deliver ammunition to Russia. From late August 2023 to early February 2024, analysts observed 49 instances of vessel movement for transportation to and from Russia. Deliveries were made to the port of Danube (Primorsky Krai).

From mid-October 2023 to early February 2024, at least 19 vessels with disabled detection systems visited the port of East and unloaded containers.

Transportation and storage of ammunition to the Russian Federation

North Korean ammunition, after being supplied to Russia, is transported westward, most likely by rail, and distributed in at least three different locations: Tikhoretsk, Mozdok, and Yegorlyk.

Russia-North Korea Cooperation

Earlier, we reported that North Korea sent several million artillery shells to Russia.

By the way, North Korea has accelerated the supply of shells to Russia by launching military factories at full capacity.