It has appeared lately that the world is hoping that time alone will bring an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as the Kremlin’s troops continue to grind themselves are their equipment to a pulp in an unwinnable war.
Sooner or later, Moscow will surely run out of people, equipment, and ammo, right?
Not if North Korea has anything to say about it.
At a press briefing on Friday, White House National Security Council (NSC) communications director John Kirby accused North Korea of supplying ammunition to invading Russian forces in Ukraine.
Kirby claimed the munitions were passed to Russia’s infamous Wagner Group, a mercenary organization led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Kirby estimated the Wagner Group has about 50,000 personnel in Ukraine at present, the majority of them prison convicts recruited by Wagner, to the evident displeasure of Russian officials.Trending:
“Wagner is becoming a rival power center to the Russian military and other Russian ministries. Publicly, Prigozhin and his fighters have criticized Russian generals and defense officials for their performance on the battlefield,” he said.
There was no way for Pyongyang or Moscow to deny it.
“As we have said publicly, North Korea delivered infantry rockets and missiles into Russia for use by Wagner toward the end of last year,” Kirby said. He supported his accusations with satellite photos of Russian railroad cars that traveled to North Korea in November and returned loaded with shipping containers.
Russia has previously received weapons and assistance from Iran, with reports suggesting that members of Tehran’s military had even traveled to the front lines of the conflict to train Russian soldiers.