Russia used North Korean missiles in Ukraine on January 6 — White House

Russia used North Korean missiles in Ukraine on January 6 — White House

Russia used several missiles from North Korea to attack Ukraine on January 6. One of these missiles hit Kharkiv.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby reports.

"The DPRK recently provided Russia with ballistic missile launchers and several dozen ballistic missiles. Russia has since deployed these missiles against Ukraine... On January 6, Russian forces again launched multiple North Korean ballistic missiles into Ukraine," Kirby said during the briefing.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken joined a statement by 47 foreign ministers condemning the purchase of North Korean ballistic missiles and their use by Russia against Ukraine. The statement was also signed by the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell.

On January 10, the United States and its allies will discuss cooperation on arms between Russia and the DPRK at the UN Security Council.

"We also will continue to impose sanctions against those working to facilitate arms transfers like this and to release information exposing those arms deals. But ... the most effective response to Russia's ongoing missile and UAV attacks is to provide Ukraine with vital air defence capabilities and other type of military equipment that it needs to defend itself," Kirby said.

It will be recalled that on January 4, the White House said that Russia had used DPRK ballistic missiles during the attacks on Ukraine on December 30, 2023 and January 2, 2024. 

At the same time, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has not yet been able to confirm Russia's use of missiles from North Korea.