Ukraine's Prosecutor General Indicates Russian Use of North Korean Missiles in Kharkiv Strike

Written by Jeppe W

Jan.12 - 2024 9:34 AM CET


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In a significant revelation, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin has disclosed preliminary findings suggesting Russia's use of North Korean-developed missiles in recent attacks.

Speaking to the Ukrainian outlet Suspilne, Kostin referred to the January 2nd strike on Kharkiv, a major city in eastern Ukraine, as being carried out with a missile developed in North Korea.

According to Kostin, initial scientific and technical examinations have confirmed that the missile used in the Kharkiv attack was a short-range missile of North Korean origin. This development adds a new dimension to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, indicating an international aspect to the weaponry used by Russia.

Kostin also mentioned that a comprehensive examination is currently in progress to definitively identify the missile. In addition to the Kharkiv strike, the Prosecutor General's office is actively seeking fragments of other ammunition used in recent assaults on both the Kharkiv and Odesa regions. This search aims to gather more evidence and further understand the extent of the weaponry deployed in these attacks.

The use of North Korean missiles by Russian forces, if confirmed, could have broad implications for the international community's perception and response to the conflict in Ukraine. It also raises questions about North Korea's involvement and the global ramifications of its arms trade.

The ongoing investigations by Ukraine's authorities are crucial in uncovering the specifics of the weaponry used and determining the appropriate international response. The situation remains dynamic, with the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's office at the forefront of these critical investigations.