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North Korea sends 7,000 containers of military aid to Russia

North Korea sends 7,000 containers of military aid to Russia North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Photo: Getty Images)

South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik reported that North Korea has sent approximately 7,000 containers of ammunition and other military equipment to Russia since last year, according to Sky News.

He made this statement during a press conference a few hours after South Korean military officials said that North Korea had launched short-range ballistic missiles into the country's eastern waters.

The United States and South Korea had previously accused North Korea of sending shells and other military aid to Russia during the war - allegations that Russia and Pyongyang deny.

Shin said that North Korea initially relied on ships, but lately has increasingly used railways for cross-border arms shipments.

According to him, Pyongyang likely received over 9,000 containers of aid in exchange for military support.

North Korea supplies missiles to Russia

In December 2023, the White House announced that Russia had purchased ballistic missiles from North Korea. In early January, there was information that North Korean missiles hit Kharkiv.

In an interview, Vadym Skibitskyi, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, told RBC-Ukraine that North Korea had been actively supplying ammunition to Russia throughout the fall. According to intelligence estimates, the Russian army could have received about a million shells from North Korea.

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andrii Kostin stated that Russians have already fired at least 24 ballistic missiles of North Korean production at Ukraine.