The Financial Times reported that Ukrainian soldiers were seen using North Korean missiles, which they said were seized from a ship by a “friendly” country and then handed over to Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the weapons were seized from the Russians.
The United States accuses North Korea of supplying weapons to Russia, including shipments it says are made by sea, but hasn’t provided evidence of this, and North Korean weapons haven’t been widely detected on the battlefields in Ukraine, while both North Korea and Russia deny any arms deals.
The Ukrainian forces displayed North Korean weapons near the ruined eastern city of Bakhmut, which has been the site of long-running brutal fighting.
On the other hand, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made a rare visit to Pyongyang last week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, the first by a senior Russian defense official since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
During the visit, Shoigu was photographed watching North Korean ballistic missiles with leader Kim Jong Un at a military parade in Pyongyang.