US intelligence has determined that Russia is sourcing artillery ammunition from North Korea, the New York Times reported on Monday (September 5th), when Moscow is said to have already equipped its army with Iranian-made drones.
US government officials told the newspaper that the purchases underscore the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia, reducing the latter’s ability to sustain its offensive in Ukraine. According to the New York Times, recently declassified intelligence documents do not provide any details of what Moscow purchased, other than indicating that the equipment includes artillery ammunition and shells.
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Russia should procure more military equipment from North Korea, the newspaper wrote. In the eyes of American representatives, the Western sanctions aimed at Russia penalize the latter in the replacement of vehicles and weapons destroyed in Ukraine.