Russians are arming themselves in North Korea. Evidence for this has been collected by Washington, but researchers from London warn that the actual scope of cooperation between the two regimes is greater than the Americans assumed.
The Russians regularly receive shipments of military equipment from North Korea. Last week, the White House declassified intelligence information along with satellite photos showing that a thousand containers entered Russia in September. London’s Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) found that there were actually many more deliveries.
Russians are arming themselves in North Korea.
The Washington Post, which obtained the findings of British researchers, writes about not one, but two ships operating on the route between the North Korean port of Rajin and military installations in the Danube in Primorsky Krai in the Russian Far East. Since August, there could have been five of them in each direction.
It is impossible to say with certainty what is in the containers, but the connection between the ships transporting them and the Russian military logistics system suggests that they are weapons. The weapons may be sent to ammunition warehouses in Tikhoretsk in the Krasnodar Krai, approximately 290 km from the border with Ukraine, where containers are transported by rail from the Danube.
The North Korean regime is able to produce huge amounts of weapons, which means that Russia will have something to fight in Ukraine for a long time.
RUSI analysts write that supplies from North Korea create a “new reality” that Ukraine’s Western partners must face by increasing the amount of equipment sent. In turn, the money that flows to Pyongyang as part of the transaction may subsidize the development of the North Korean missile program.