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Russia's Dependance on Misfiring North Korean Missiles Torpedoing Putin War Efforts in Ukraine: Report

Putin Faces Humiliation as North Korean Missiles Go Haywire
Source: MEGA

North Korean missiles are failing for Putin.

May 10 2024, Published 1:05 p.m. ET

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Vladimir Putin and his military leaders are facing significant issues due to the performance of North Korean rockets.

Last year, in a move to bolster Russia's weapon inventory amid dwindling supplies and production challenges, Putin entered into an arms deal with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un.

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The agreement entailed provisions of food, raw materials and support for North Korea's space program in exchange for weaponry to be used in Putin's war in Ukraine.

North Korea reportedly has now been supplying Russia with various armaments, including anti-tank and anti-air missiles, artillery shells, mortar shells and rifles.

Additionally, reports suggest that short-range ballistic missiles were provided to the Russian army and alleged to have been deployed in attacks against Ukraine.

Recent revelations indicate that the rockets supplied by Kim Jong Un are malfunctioning at an alarming rate. Ukrainian sources now claim that nearly half of the North Korean missiles failed to hit their targets, exploding mid-flight instead, according to Express.

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Analysis conducted on debris from 21 out of 50 missiles launched by Russia between December and February revealed that approximately half veered off course, self-destructing in the process.

Andrii Kostin, from the Prosecutor General’s Office, highlighted that a significant portion of North Korean missiles deviated from their intended trajectories, resulting in mid-air explosions.

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Ukrainian military personnel have described these rockets as "very unreliable," prone to erratic behavior such as misfiring and spontaneous detonation. Yuriy Belousov, head of war crimes, criticized the low quality and poor accuracy of Kim's ballistic missiles, estimating their precision at just 20 percent.

The suspected missiles, notably the Hwasong-11 series, including KN-23 and KN-24, are designed to evade traditional missile defenses by flying on a flatter trajectory. South Korean officials have reportedly tracked a substantial shipment of munitions, totaling millions, sent from Pyongyang to Russia since September, underscoring the possible extent of the arms exchange between the two countries.

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