"They have transferred a significant amount of artillery ammunition," the spy chief said.
“This allowed Russia to breathe a little bit. Without their help, the situation would have been catastrophic.”
The Russian Federation expends far more weapons and ammunition than it can produce, while also struggling with quality control.
"This is precisely what motivates Russia’s search for weapons in other countries," said Budanov.
Russia would of course prefer to avoid relying on external assistance as "this has always been considered beneath them, it’s an indignity."
Another problem Russia faces is manpower. According to Budanov, Moscow is losing as many, or even more, troops than it can recruit.
According to Defense Express, Moscow may have received KN-23 ballistic missiles, which are similar to the Russian Iskander-M, from Pyongyang.
According to the White House, Russia again fired several North Korean missiles at Ukraine on Jan. 6.
South Korea's representative to the UN, Hwang Joon-kook, said that North Korea is using Ukraine as a "testing ground" for ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
North Korea called the U.S. accusations of transferring ballistic missiles to Russia for the war against Ukraine "groundless."
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