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North Korea able to provide Russia with weapons it needs, says Ukraine's Intelligence

North Korea able to provide Russia with weapons it needs, says Ukraine's Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

The Russian Federation is experiencing a shortage of artillery ammunition in the war in Ukraine. However, this may be affected by relations between the Russian Federation and North Korea, says the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov during a telethon.

Budanov reminded that smuggling of components for various types of weapons is legalized in the Russian Federation at the legislative level. It is because of this that the sanctions could not completely stop the Russian Federation's access to them.

However, Russia is also currently experiencing a shortage of artillery ammunition. In particular, we are talking about calibers 152 and 122. The Russian Federation also faced a shortage of rockets for multiple-launch rocket systems, such as Hurricane, Smerch and Grad.

Budanov is sure that during his visit to North Korea, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will negotiate further cooperation in missile technology.

"Russia thinks that it is normal to transfer certain missile technologies to North Korea. North Korea will, of course, do a lot for these technologies. There are serious human resources and defense capabilities - they are not comparable to the capabilities of the Russian Federation. They work more efficiently than the Russians. Therefore, increasing the supply of artillery weapons is it will definitely happen," said the head of the GUR.

However, he noted that due to human resources and a large number of enterprises, North Korea can fully provide the Russian Federation with artillery weapons.

"There are many people at enterprises. In North Korea, it is not a shame, they can show off like that. There are enough people and enterprises. The weapons there are not modern, but the production volumes are serious. In fact, this is a weapon of the last century, but the missile will arrive, with an error, but it will arrive. We need to recognize this," he emphasized.

Military cooperation between North Korea and Russia

On January 4, the coordinator of the National Security Council of the White House, John Kirby, said that Russia had purchased ballistic missiles from North Korea. They have already been used for attacks on Ukraine.

Recently, the White House also stated that the Russian occupiers will continue to fire ballistic missiles at Ukraine from North Korea. But North Korea denies this.

Representatives of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense stated that North Korea actively supplied ammunition to the Russian Federation throughout the fall. According to the department's estimates, it is about a million artillery shells.

It also became known that Russian ships were being loaded in a North Korean port, as evidenced by satellite images shown by the UK.