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Russia buys 'millions' of rockets and shells from North Korea

Purchase comes as Western sanctions begin to choke Moscow's supply of weapons

Russian rocket launchers firing at Ukrainian forces in June. Moscow is facing a weapons supply shortage because of Western sanctions.   © AP

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Financial Times) -- Russia is purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea to re-energize its offensive in Ukraine, according to recently declassified U.S. intelligence, as Western sanctions begin to choke Moscow's supply of weapons.

The Russian ministry of defense was "in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for use on the battlefield in Ukraine," a U.S. official said, citing intelligence recently cleared for public dissemination.

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