NewsEU preps sanctions against North Korea for supplying Russian artillery in Ukraine conflict

EU preps sanctions against North Korea for supplying Russian artillery in Ukraine conflict

DONETSK, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 28: The trail of a missile fired by Ukrainian armed forces during military operations against the Russian army in the Donetsk region on December 28, 2023 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Russia began a large scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, since then the fighting has been concentrated in the east of Ukraine. Russian separatists have held areas of the Donbas Region since 2014. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - DECEMBER 28: The trail of a missile fired by Ukrainian armed forces during military operations against the Russian army in the Donetsk region on December 28, 2023 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Russia began a large scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, since then the fighting has been concentrated in the east of Ukraine. Russian separatists have held areas of the Donbas Region since 2014. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)
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3:16 PM EST, February 14, 2024

Bloomberg, a globally recognized news agency, noted on Wednesday that the EU is considering adding North Korea's defense minister and the General Office for Rockets, a government agency responsible for developing nuclear warheads and ballistic systems, to its blacklist.

The documents that Bloomberg procured underscored that ballistic missiles "designed, developed, and produced" by North Korea have been utilized against Ukraine by Russian military forces.

The news of these impending sanctions against Pyongyang by the EU appeared shortly after the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) published a report revealing that North Korea has developed a rocket-propelled grenade launcher (RPG) which it can potentially export to Russia..

The EU also proposes sanctions against three Chinese companies and one Indian company for the first time, alleging that these entities played a role in providing Russia with prohibited technologies, chiefly military ones - as Bloomberg previously reported.

North Korea has reportedly supplied Russia with hundreds of thousands of units of artillery ammunition, along with the ability to obtain parts from third countries that are subject to the EU export ban. This has enabled Moscow to significantly raise its ammunition production levels, a stark contrast to Ukraine's limited resources as it continues to defend itself from invading forces.

Source: Bloomberg

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