North Korea supplied weapons to the Wagner PMC – US

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North Korea supplied weapons to Wagner PMC - USA

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US Department of the Treasury to announce PMC "Wagner" transnational criminal organization and will impose new sanctions against this group and its global allies, said John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the White House National Security Council, reports.

“These actions recognize the transcontinental threat posed by Wagner, also through its ongoing serious criminal activities,” — Kirby told reporters at the White House.

The US released newly declassified photographs of Russian railroad cars traveling from Russia to North Korea and back in November of what the US believes was a shipment of infantry and missiles for use by the Wagner group. in Ukraine. Although the US does not yet believe that the equipment has changed the dynamics of hostilities, it expects new shipments of weapons systems from North Korea to Russia, Kirby said. Russia is also receiving equipment, including drones, from Iran, as its military stockpiles have dwindled during the war.

“Arms supplies from (North Korea) are in direct violation of a UN Security Council resolution,” — Kirby said, adding that the US shared its intelligence with the Security Council's North Korean Sanctions Committee panel. rises as Russian President Vladimir Putin increasingly relies on Wagner when conducting operations in Ukraine. According to Kirby, about 50,000 Wagner fighters are currently deployed in Ukraine, including 10,000 contract soldiers and 40,000 convicts.

Wagner” becomes a rival center of power for the Russian military and other Russian ministries”, — said Kirby.

Prepared by: Nina Petrovich

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