At a press conference on Thursday, the White House confirmed that the weapons of the North Korea have been sent to Russia to augment their war effort. Reuters reported what was declared by John Kirby, spokesman for the White House, regarding the arms sales from North Korea to Russia.
According to US intelligence, these weapons are being used in Donbass against theUkraine. It’s not a surprising development to know that North Korea is backing Russia in this war, there just wasn’t any confirmation yet.
«We can confirm that North Korea has completed a first weapons delivery to Wagnerwho paid for that equipment» said John Kirby. «Last month, North Korea delivered infantry rockets and missiles to Russia for use by Wagner».
The «Wagner» mentioned by Kirby is a Russian paramilitary organization fighting alongside the army in Ukraine. It amounts to approx 50,000 soldiers, currently deployed in the conflict, most of whom are inmates of Russian prisons.
For the British Foreign Secretary James Cleverleythe fact that Russia is reaching out to North Korea for arms sales is a sign of theirs despair.
The East Asian country has conducted several nuclear tests in recent months and allegedly has missiles capable of hitting any part of the planet. North Korea has always been aRussian ally (formerly Soviet) narrow, as opposed to US-backed South Korea.
What is the Wagner Group
The Wagner Group is a paramilitary organization funded by a close Putin ally: Yevgeny Prigozhin. According to US intelligence, Prigozhin pays more than $100 million a month to continue funding the Wagner Group.
Prigozhin is a Russian oligarch, and as Wagner’s leader he was one of the first to be sanctioned by the West.
The Wagner Group, after its creation in 2014, has fought in many wars all over the world. From Syria to Sudan, from Libya to the Central African Republic.
At the moment, the Wagner Group is fighting the Ukrainian forces in the battle of Bakhmut. This is a crucial city to control the Donbassbeing the main railway junction between Donetsk and Luhansk.
At present, Bakhmut is under Ukrainian control and its defenses are entrenched in the mud. Reports from the front show the bloodiest battle than the Ukrainian invasion so far, probably even bloodier than Mariupol (not in terms of civilian deaths).
Bakhmut now it looks like a front of the WWI, where waves of Russian soldiers are sent against Ukrainian machine guns. According to Reutersonly in the last few weeks have they been killed a thousand Wagner prisoners.
But as long as Ukraine will resist Russia in Bakhmut, the Donbass front should be secured against invaders.
Article published on Money.it international edition on 2022-12-22 20:58:33. Original title: North Korea sells weapons to Russia, US intelligence confirms
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North Korea sells weapons to Russia, US intelligence confirms