South Korea has secretly arranged with the United States to supply hundreds of thousands of artillery shells to the Ukrainian armed forces. The newspaper reports it "Wall Street Journal", which describes the decision as "a U-turn" for Seoul, which is prohibited by national law from sending lethal weapons to countries in conflict. According to the newspaper, the supplies granted by South Korea they will support the spring offensive of the Ukrainian armed forces, and allow the United States to postpone the controversial decision to send cluster artillery munitions to Kiev: a measure that the United States may resort to due to the progressive dwindling of its stockpiles of artillery munitions conventional artillery. According to the "Wall Street Journal", United States and South Korea have reached a "confidential agreement" after months of solicitations from Washington: the artillery ammunition will first be sent to the United States, and from there delivered to Ukraine. Logistical details are not known, and the governments of the two countries have not responded to the newspaper's requests for comment.
The hypothesis of supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine by South Korea had already circulated last month, on the occasion of the state visit of Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in Washington. Yoon himself had stated in an interview that Seoul could exceed the legal limits on the supply of weapons, in the event of massive Russian attacks against civilian targets in Ukraine. The deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, had replied that Russia could respond by supplying modern weapons to North Korea: "South Korean President Yoon Seok-Yeol has declared that his state would be ready to supply weapons to the Kiev regime . However, recently, South Koreans claimed that such a possibility was completely ruled out,” Medvedev noted. “I wonder what the people of this country will say when they see the latest models of Russian weapons deployed by their neighbors, our partners North Korea? As they say, quid pro quo,” added the former Russian president.