South Korean Defense Minister: North Korea sent Russia millions of artillery munitions

South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said that North Korea sent containers to Russia that can hold almost 5 million artillery shells.

Shin Won Sik told about this in an interview with Bloomberg News.

According to him, Seoul has spotted at least 10,000 sea containers that can contain up to 4.8 million artillery shells and which had been sent from North Korea to Russia.

“Putin is expected to seek closer security cooperation with North Korea, especially in the area of military supplies such as artillery shells, which are necessary to have a chance of victory,” Shin Won-sik said.

He also reported that North Korea had sent dozens of ballistic missiles to help Putin in his war against Ukraine.

In exchange for ammunition, Russia sent North Korea technology to help it deploy a network of spy satellites, as well as conventional weapons such as tanks and aircrafts.

According to the South Korean newspaper DongA Ilbo, Putin will visit North Korea next week. The trip will be his first visit since July 2000 and will raise concerns from the US and its partners about arms shipments that have helped the Kremlin in its war against Ukraine.

The number of munitions sent by North Korea after the meeting between Putin and Kim in Russia in September is likely to have greatly exceeded those sent by the US and the European Union to Ukraine. The European Union has promised to send one million artillery shells to Ukraine by the end of the year.

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