According to the United States, Russia is allegedly utilizing ballistic missiles sourced from North Korea and is actively pursuing close-range ballistic missiles from Iran.
John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council of the White House, stated on Thursday. He mentioned that recently declassified intelligence indicated Moscow had received the weapons from North Korea. At least one of these weapons was discharged into Ukraine on December 30, ultimately settling in an open field in the Zaporizhia region.
He added that Russia fired “multiple” North Korean missiles during a nocturnal assault on Tuesday.
Additionally, Kirby stated that an agreement between Russia and Iran had not yet been finalized. He said the US is concerned that Russia is negotiating to buy Iranian close-range ballistic missiles.
Washington and its allies, he added, will now bring the matter before the United Nations Security Council, as it indicates that North Korea has violated US sanctions.
The Biden administration has disclosed findings. They say these results show the Kremlin relies on North Korea and Iran for weapons for its Ukraine military effort. This claim has been made on multiple occasions.
Isolation of North Korea and Iran
Internationally, North Korea and Iran remain essentially isolated thus far due to their nuclear programs and human rights records.
The White House reported in October that North Korea had sent Moscow about 1,000 military containers and ammunition.
The United Kingdom condemned Russia’s recent use of North Korean missiles in attacks against Ukraine on Thursday. “We strongly urge North Korea to cease supplying Russia with arms,” a spokesperson for the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office said in a statement.
Ukraine claimed on Thursday that its air force bombed a Russian command station near seized Sevastopol. They also damaged a military unit on the Crimean Peninsula in a separate operation.
Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk uploaded a video of smoke emanating from a detonation near Sevastopol, the principal headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, to the Telegram application. Sevastopol is a Crimean port.
He stated, “Once more, I would like to thank the Air Force pilots and everyone who planned the operation for executing flawless combat.”
The Moscow-appointed Sevastopol governor, Mikhail Razvozhayev, called the attack “the most massive in recent times”.
One individual was hospitalized, according to him, after being impacted by shrapnel.
The Russian Ministry of Defence said its forces destroyed ten Ukrainian missiles over the peninsula, preventing an invasion.