Artillery ammunition

Russia buys artillery ammunition from North Korea – report

Sep 6 (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence believed Moscow was buying artillery munitions from North Korea, The New York Times reported https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/05/us /politics/russia-north-korea -artillery.html?unlocked_article_code=HwOCo7KTpTqAjnAYI0jZLCkDraszL2VZUGGObvnzMYXf3L9jIVWENOWKJHWI19dO0znWpuq6FhjfDFMLPbIiME7z_301cQiNqLLQFAw8PC-lhdVhtn9L9935dH4g42fN-AiRcLFIqswBXVxP6QGHl66WyqpDjRB72e56NJxIyI8BOJ3Uza6jsFsGTPLpZeluOfcm_lrr9Q400H96fclynBogp-TTUXgaq-cxwAmPBiBDXFQCzSvODUAIkbIc9xrCuoce8A__pOdMbzc3OIbCOlJhyygiWe4DqgQnGHW_RnprtlepA3VucdWutVD-iG0-zYkSseDSxVskR_CPoL2Sd0tBRjUXe0AiZkA&smid=share-url, on the heels of reports that the Russian military has begun using Iranian-made drones.

US government officials told The Times that the purchases showed sanctions had begun to bite and reduce Russia’s ability to support its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow called a “special military operation”.

Monday’s Times report said recently declassified intelligence provided no details of what had been purchased, other than that the items included artillery shells and rockets. Russia needed to buy more such equipment, the Times reported.

Last month, a U.S. official told Reuters that Iranian-made Russian drones had suffered “numerous failures”. The official said Russia most likely plans to acquire hundreds of Mohajer-6 and Shahed series unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Ukraine has recently launched counter-offensives in several places, including around Kherson, which Russia has occupied since the start of the invasion. In preparation for these attacks, Ukrainian forces struck Russian supply areas, including those containing artillery and ammunition.

Officials said Western sanctions limited Russia’s ability to replace vehicles and weapons destroyed in Ukraine.

(Writing by Gerry Doyle; Editing by Stephen Coates)