Ballistic missile supply from DPRK to Russia: no confirmation that it will be massive
Defense Express Director and military expert Serhiy Zgurets notes that North Korea's missile supplies to Russia are unknown, though the US claimed the DPRK had handed over several launchers and a few dozen missiles to Russia
He spoke about this on Espreso TV.
"The American side, citing the White House, reported that the enemy used North Korean missiles in the massive attacks on December 29 and January 2. We found such debris in Kharkiv and are analyzing it now. There is also debris in an open field near Zaporizhzhia. The amount of these missiles delivered to Russia is unknown, although the US side said that they had handed over several launchers and dozens of missiles," commented the director of the Defense Express information and consulting company.
According to him, these missiles are a copy of the Iskander ballistic missiles with a range of up to 600 km. "When we talk about a weapon under the KN-23 index, I can rely on conversations with experts that these missiles are shot down by Ukrainian air defense, but this requires the Patriot and SAMP/T systems, which means that it can actually increase the workload on Ukrainian air defense. But there is no confirmation that these supplies will be massive. When we talked earlier about artillery ammunition supplies from the DPRK, we had a lot of interesting evidence that these munitions are of poor quality and inaccurate. But in any case, even if they are inaccurate, this is still a certain threat that makes our partners look differently at supporting Ukraine on a larger scale. We expect a UN Security Council meeting on this issue, as well as further assistance to Ukraine, especially to Ukraine's air defense," the military expert said.
- ISW reported that after the massive attack on January 2, the Russians will continue to experiment with adapting to Ukrainian air defense capabilities.
Ukraine's mobile air defense firing groups have enough missiles to man-portable air defense systems to repel several powerful Russian attacks. Ukraine will then need additional Western assistance. However, this situation is not unusual.
Yuriy Ihnat said that as of Friday, January 5, the Ukrainian Air Force could not confirm that Russia had used missiles from North Korea.
Ukraine's permanent representative to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya, also said that UN Security Council members are going to discuss ballistic missile supplies to Russia from the DPRK.