Listen up, folks. I’ve been around the block—seen things, done things, and got the t-shirt for twenty years of military service.
Now, let’s cut through the official jargon and take a wild ride down the real story of Russia’s dicey dalliance with North Korean artillery shells.
This ain’t your polished press release; it’s the gritty truth, as seen through the lens of a guy who’s chewed the same dirt as those soldiers.
Here’s the scoop: Recent buzz from the Ukrainian front lines ain’t pretty.
Russia, in a move that reeks of desperation, has been gobbling up artillery shells from North Korea faster than a fat guy at an all you can eat BBQ joint.
⚡️ General Staff: Russia using low-quality, defective North Korean shells.
Russia is using low-quality shells from North Korea that are often defective, at times causing damage to the barrels of cannons and mortars and even injuring soldiers, Ukraine's General Staff said.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) December 20, 2023
Yeah, you heard that right—North Korea. Home of a starving populace and Little Rocket Man.
We’re talking about munitions that are about as reliable as a two-dollar watch.
The Ukrainian army, those tough nuts, are shouting from the digital rooftops (Facebook, no less) about these duds messing up the battlefield.
Frontline Fiascos: Kherson’s Chaos and North Korea’s Dealings
Down in the trenches of the southern Kherson region, things are heating up.
⚡️Destruction of the 🇷🇺Russian tank T-72B3M mod. 2022 near the village Krynky, Kherson region. pic.twitter.com/TG82XaaqMz
— 🇺🇦Ukrainian Front (@front_ukrainian) December 20, 2023
Mikhail Teplinsky, a name you wouldn’t forget if you heard it in a dark alley, is steering the ship for the Russian Airborne Forces (a.k.a. VDV).
Under his watch, the “Dnepr” group’s got their hands full with these sketchy shells.
Now, let’s talk about North Korea’s role in this twisted tale.
They’re playing the part of the shady dealer in the alley, handing out ammunition like candy—reports suggest over a million shells.
This isn’t just a backdoor deal; it’s a full-blown ammo buffet.
Russia’s so hungry for the stuff that their Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu took a little trip to Pyongyang.
North Korea's Kim Jong Un has showed off his country’s banned ballistic missiles to visiting Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Shoigu is in North Korea for celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean War armistice ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/o2cIQSiS6h
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) July 28, 2023
Picture that: a high-ranking official knocking on Kim Jong-un’s door, hat in hand, begging for bullets. It would be humorous if it wasn’t so tragic.
The Quality Quandary: Unreliable Allies and Untrustworthy Supplies
But here’s the kicker: these shells might as well be filled with sawdust for all the good they’ll do.
Experts like Trevor Taylor, a bigwig at the Royal United Services Institute, are tossing up red flags about the quality of these North Korean party favors.
“North Korea runs a war economy which we don’t,” Taylor told Politico in an interview.
Compared to European standards, they’re about as trustworthy as a fox in a hen house.
“But whether the ammunition they are supplying is at the standard of reliability and safety that the Europeans would adhere to is another question,” he added.
Ukraine’s Urgency and the West’s Wavering Support
On the flip side, Ukraine’s got its own can of worms.
They’re chewing through artillery shells faster than a gambler through cash, and the Western world’s promises of ammo are moving slower than molasses in January.
Spoke with Foreign Minister @DmytroKuleba about stalled U.S. and EU aid, Western chips in Russian missiles, and why 27 European countries produce less shells than North Korea.
— Oleksiy Sorokin (@mrsorokaa) December 21, 2023
Even Israel‘s getting in on the drama, holding up shipments that could turn the tide for the Ukrainians.
The High-Stakes Gamble: Lives and Lies on the Line
So, what’s the end game here? It’s a mess, that’s what.
Russian troops are rolling the dice with these shoddy shells while the Ukrainians are scraping the bottom of the barrel.
It’s a high-stakes game of Russian roulette, with soldiers’ lives hanging in the balance.
As this saga unfolds, it’s clear as moonshine that this isn’t just about bullets and bombs. It’s about the shadowy dance of alliances, the desperate scramble for resources, and the raw, unvarnished truth of warfare.
In this twisted game, the only sure thing is that the stakes are deadly, and the need for reliable, safe ammunition is as pressing as a knife to the throat.
For those of us who’ve lived and breathed the military life, the message is clear: keep your eyes open, stay sharp, and never trust a shell from a stranger.
As the world watches this chaotic waltz of war, let’s hope for a little sanity in this mad, mad world.
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