The Kharkiv region prosecutor's office in Ukraine has provided evidence suggesting that Russia employed North Korean-supplied missiles in its attack on Ukraine. (Picture further down in the article)
According to Reuters, this development marks the first instance of such weaponry being used during the invasion. Displaying fragments of the missile that struck Kharkiv on January 2, Ukrainian authorities noted its visual and technical differences from Russian models.
Dmytro Chubenko, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office, described the missile as being slightly larger in diameter than Russia's Iskander missiles, with notable discrepancies in its nozzle, internal electrical windings, and rear parts.
These differences led Ukrainian officials to believe that this could be a North Korean-supplied missile.
The attack on Kharkiv, involving several missiles, resulted in two fatalities and over 60 injuries, marking it as one of the largest missile and drone strikes since the onset of the war in February 2022.
Notably, North Korea has been under a United Nations arms embargo since its first nuclear bomb test in 2006. UN Security Council resolutions, which even received Russian support, explicitly prohibit the trade of weapons or military equipment with North Korea.
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