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Prosecutor General obtains evidence of Russia's deploying North Korean missiles in attacks on Ukraine

Prosecutor General obtains evidence of Russia's deploying North Korean missiles in attacks on Ukraine Andriy Kostin, Prosecutor General of Ukraine (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

The General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine obtained initial evidence of Russian invaders using missiles manufactured in North Korea to strike Ukrainian territory. This includes the attack on the city of Kharkiv on January 2nd, states Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin.

According to his words, such evidence was obtained by the Ukrainian side in recent days.

"The results of the preliminary scientific and technical expertise confirm that the missile launched on January 2 over the central part of Kharkiv is a short-range missile developed by North Korea," explains Kostin.

The Prosecutor General has stated that similar conclusions were reached by military experts from the interdepartmental working group at the Prosecutor General's Office. Experts were present at the sites of the missile hit and conducted a preliminary inspection and analysis of missile parts.

Kostin also adds that a comprehensive commission examination is currently underway. It is expected to finally confirm this fact.

He also discussed efforts to identify other fragments of munitions found at the sites of recent Russian attacks in the Kharkiv and Odesa regions.

Use of North Korean missiles by Russia for strikes against Ukraine

On the evening of January 4, the coordinator of the White House National Security Council, John Kirby, announced that Russia had acquired ballistic missiles from North Korea. They have already been used for strikes against Ukraine.

It was also reported on January 4 by The Wall Street Journal that North Korea may have transferred several dozen ballistic missiles to Russia for strikes against Ukraine.

Later, the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Synehubov, revealed that occupiers had recently shelled Kharkiv with missiles not made in Russian territory.

On January 6, the spokesperson for the prosecutor's office of the Kharkiv region, Dmytro Chubenko, stated that Russian forces, when carrying out strikes on Kharkiv on January 2, used a missile obtained from North Korea, and he discussed corresponding evidence.

Additionally, the White House recently stated that Russian occupiers continue to shell Ukraine with ballistic missiles from North Korea.