Russia is spending money on Kim Jong-un’s shells and missiles
WASHINGTON — Russia has begun spending money on the purchase of artillery shells and short-range missiles from North Korea. This is written by The New York Times, citing a source from the US intelligence. The American newspaper writes that similar Russian actions were registered very recently.
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The purchase of North Korean missiles and projectiles sends several signals, the intelligence source said. According to him, Russia is already beginning to feel the effect of the sanctions imposed by the West. Thus, after Iran, Moscow is looking for new suppliers, including Pyongyang.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that all summer long in Ukraine, the two warring countries were fighting mostly an artillery war. Thousands of shells were used daily. While Ukraine used 5-6,000 rounds per day according to Ukrainian intelligence, Moscow fired 50-55,000 rounds per day.
Western sanctions have affected Russian production, the source told The New York Times. “The agreement with North Korea is a sign that Russia is unable to produce in sufficient quantities even the simplest military products,” the paper said.
Although Iran and North Korea are becoming suppliers of the Russian armed forces, China is staying away. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Beijing is currently not helping Moscow to increase its military potential.
The US is trying to influence Beijing’s future decisions on whether to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Most recently, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo repeatedly warned the PRC that if Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation or others tried to sell chips to Russia, America would block access to its technology and effectively shut down those businesses.
Meanwhile, Conflict Armament Research has published a report that makes it clear that Russian cruise missiles, modified MLRS rounds, and even attack helicopters are made using the same electronics. It is produced and supplied in Russia by several foreign companies.
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