Russia buying rockets, artillery shells from North Korea: report

Experts are warning that the deal could be a sign that sanctions are affecting Moscow's ability to obtain weapons.

Published: September 6, 2022 8:10am

Updated: September 6, 2022 8:43am

Russia's Defense Ministry is reportedly in the process of buying millions of artillery shells and rockets from North Korea to use in its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Informations about the sale is included in a newly declassified U.S. intelligence, according to The New York Times. The report, however, does not specify the weaponry being sold or when the shipment would be delivered.

Experts are warning that the transaction could be a sign that U.S. and European sanctions are hurting Moscow's ability to obtain weapons.

"This is very likely an indication of a massive failure of the Russian military-industrial complex that likely has deep roots and very serious implications for the Russian armed forces," said American Enterprise Institute military expert Frederick W. Kagan.

The report comes after the White House confirmed last week that Russia is having problems with drones it received from Iran to use in Ukraine.

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