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Russia didn't receive missiles from Iran: Ukrainian intelligence

Russia didn't receive missiles from Iran: Ukrainian intelligence Photo: Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence (Vitaly Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Russia has not received long-range missiles from Iran. Specifically, the information about extensive use of North Korean missiles also does not correspond to reality, stated the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, during "Ukraine. Year 2024" forum.

"They are not there (Iranian long-range missiles, - ed.). None of this corresponds to reality. Several North Korean ones were used, but to say about extensive use - it certainly does not correspond to reality," said the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate.

North Korea and Iran's assistance to Russia

North Korea

In December of last year, White House National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby stated that Russia had purchased ballistic missiles from North Korea.

In early January, there was information that the occupiers had struck Kharkiv with North Korean missiles. Later, the prosecutor's office confirmed this and provided details.

On February 16, Ukraine's Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin claimed that Russians had used at least 24 North Korean ballistic missiles during strikes on Ukrainian territory.


On February 21, the American publication Reuters, citing its own sources, reported that Iran had allegedly transferred ballistic missiles from the Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile family to Russia, including Zolfaghar missiles. According to three Iranian sources, this involved about 400 ballistic missiles capable of flying 700 kilometers. The missile deliveries reportedly began in early January 2024.

Andrii Chernyak, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate, noted to RBC-Ukraine that intelligence services are investigating this information. The United States was also unable to confirm the information.