Russia buys North Korean missiles and artillery to operate in Ukraine

September 8, 2022: -Russia is in the process of buying millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea to use in Ukraine, a senior U.S. defense official said, an indication that Western sanctions are hardly hampering Moscow’s military supply effort.

Russia seeks help from Kim Jong Un’s government while leaning on Iran for military supplies. U.S. officials disclosed that Russia received shipments of Iranian-produced drones late the previous month.

Russian cargo planes loaded up Mohajer-6 and Shahid-series uncrewed aerial vehicles over several days last month at an Iranian airfield and then ferried the drones to Russia, three U.S. officials told NBC News. They said that the delivery is part of Russia’s plans to import “hundreds” of drones from Iran.

But the drones transferred to Russia have already experienced “numerous failures,” the U.S. officials said. They did not offer more details about the nature of the technical problems.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered a wave of economic sanctions from Washington and its European allies, which places Moscow in a position similar to Iran, which has been shut out of Western economies and the international financial system for years.

Since the war began, Iran has become the top purchaser of Russia’s grain. The two countries have said agreements to bolster trade, which include a $40 billion contract to enlist Russian help to develop Iran’s gas fields.

Defense officials said that with the war in Ukraine dragging on and Russia expending thousands of rounds of ammunition every week, it would likely seek to purchase additional military equipment from North Korea. The New York Times was the initial to report the purchase.

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