Russian hunt for weapons and ammo in Iran and North Korea
Russian search for weapons and ammunition from international locations like Iran and North Korea is an indication of President Vladimir Putin’s “desperation” and the battle his troops are dealing with in Ukraine, US officers mentioned.
Citing intelligence, the Biden administration mentioned again in July that Iran was making ready to ship drones to Russian forces and a month later, the primary batch of drones arrived in Russian palms — solely to expertise technical difficulties.
And as latest as this week, stories indicated that Russia has been trying into securing ammunition from North Korea as a result of Western sanctions are inflicting a provide scarcity for Putin’s struggle efforts in Ukraine.
British intelligence equally famous on Tuesday that worldwide sanctions are impacting Russia’s inventory of unmanned aerial automobiles (UAVs) and hamstringing its operations on the battlefield.
“It does reveal and is indicative of the scenario that Russia finds itself in, when it comes to its logistics and sustainment capabilities because it pertains to Ukraine,” Pentagon Press Secretary Air Pressure Brig. Gen.
Pat Ryder instructed reporters on Tuesday when requested about the opportunity of Russia buying arms from North Korea.
“We assess that issues should not going properly on that entrance for Russia,” he continued. “So the truth that they’re reaching out to North Korea is an indication that they are having some challenges on the sustainment entrance.”
Ryder mentioned the knowledge obtainable to the Pentagon signifies that Russia has solely “approached” North Korea for discussions and declined to say if cash has modified palms in alternate for ammunition.
Nationwide Safety Council Spokesperson John Kirby instructed reporters on Tuesday that even discussions between Russian and North Korea are “simply one other indication of how determined Putin’s changing into.”
“It is a sign of how a lot his protection industrial institution is struggling because of this struggle and the diploma of desperation that he is reaching out to international locations like Iran and North Korea for help.”
The remarks from US officers come as Ukrainian forces proceed to push a significant counter-offensive in southern Ukraine to retake the strategic metropolis of Kherson, the primary metropolis to fall to the Russians.