Ukraine has received support from its Western allies in the form of advanced air defense systems, including units of the Patriot system, since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which enabled it to shoot down many missiles launched by Russia.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense often publishes reports about the downing of many missiles and drones launched by Russia on targets throughout Ukraine.

Yesterday, the Ukrainian Air Force announced on Wednesday that Russia launched 19 drones and 6 missiles into the country last night, and that air defense systems destroyed 13 drones and one missile.

Kiev also accuses Moscow of using North Korean missiles in attacks against civilian targets in Ukraine, and it also accuses it of using Iranian-made drones in its attacks on targets in Ukraine.

On Thursday, Ukrainian intelligence services accused Russia of using North Korean missiles in several attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine that left more than 20 people dead.

Ukrainian intelligence said, “According to the investigation, Russian forces fired more than 20 North Korean weapons over Ukraine... At least 24 civilians were killed and more than a hundred were seriously injured,” noting that the weapons mentioned were “Hwasong-11 ballistic missiles.” 

Yesterday, Wednesday, an arms tracking organization announced that the remains of a North Korean ballistic missile found in Ukraine contained components bearing the marks of origin of companies based in the United States and Europe.

A report by the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) organization revealed that North Korea is able to obtain Western components for its weapons despite the severe sanctions imposed on it, and that Russia is using these North Korean weapons in its war against Ukraine.

The CAR organization said in its report that its investigators “concluded that a ballistic missile produced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and found in Ukraine included more than 290 non-domestic electronic components.”