The Russian Defense Ministry is in the process of buying millions of missiles and artillery shells from North Korea for the ongoing war in Ukraine, according to a recently downgraded US intelligence report.
An unnamed US official to discuss the intelligence decision on Monday said Russia’s move into isolation from North Korea demonstrates that “the Russian military continues to suffer from severe supply shortages in Ukraine.” , due in part to export control and sanctions measures.”
US intelligence officials believe the Russians may purchase more North Korean military equipment in the future. The intelligence discovery was first reported by The New York Times.
This finding comes after the Biden administration recently confirmed that the Russian military in August delivered Iranian-made drones for use in the Ukraine battlefield.
The White House last week said Russia had faced technical problems with an Iranian-made drone purchased from Tehran in August for use in its war with Ukraine.
Last month, Russia purchased Mohajer-6 and Shahed-series drones in the past few days as part of what the Biden administration says could be part of a Russian plan to buy hundreds of Iranian UAVs to used in Ukraine.