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Updated January 5th, 2024 at 15:45 IST

India refutes claims of artillery supply to Ukraine as Russia rains down North Korean missiles

Reports suggest a European nation as the possible supplier, prompting Indian authorities to investigate indirect procurement channels.

Reported by: Yuvraj Tyagi
Edited by: Yuvraj Tyagi
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Reports suggest a European nation as the possible supplier, prompting Indian authorities to investigate indirect procurement channels. | Image:AP
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New Delhi: Responding to circulating reports claiming India's involvement in supplying artillery shells to Ukraine, India’s Ministry of External Affairs categorically denied such exports. The speculation suggests a third-party transfer, prompting an active investigation by Indian authorities. Several reports, primarily on social media and foreign news platforms, indicated the use of 155 mm artillery shells in Ukraine similar to those manufactured in India. 

Allegations hinted at a European nation, not India, being the direct supplier to Ukraine. India, not part of official ammunition suppliers to Ukraine, is now probing the possibility of its artillery reaching a third country and indirectly making its way to Ukrainian forces. The ongoing investigation aims to uncover any involvement of arms dealers or collaboration with partner nations in this indirect procurement. 

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Denial amidst diplomatic discussions with Kyiv 

India's denial of artillery exports to Ukraine coincides with recent diplomatic engagements between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba. The discussions, marking the first formal contact in months, addressed the conflict in Ukraine and explored avenues for bilateral cooperation.

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A Ukrainian soldier carrying cannon shells. | Credit- AP

Both ministers agreed to convene the first meeting of the India-Ukraine inter-governmental commission on trade, economic, scientific, technical, industrial, and cultural cooperation, marking a significant step in enhancing ties. Amid these diplomatic discussions, India remains steadfast in refuting any direct involvement in the military dynamics of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. 

India has consistently advocated for dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The nation has refrained from publicly criticizing the Russian invasion while actively delivering humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The denial reinforces India's commitment to diplomatic resolutions and its stance of not directly contributing to the military aspects of the ongoing conflict. 

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US says Russia using North Korean missiles against Ukraine 

The US government alleged that Russian military is using North Korean short-range ballistic missiles to target Ukraine. Notably, White House's National Security Council spokesperson, John Kirby, provided details of US’ intelligence on Moscow’s recent use of North Korean ballistic missiles at a press conference earlier today. "Information indicates that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea recently provided Russia with ballistic missile launchers and several ballistic missiles," Kirby said.

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Meanwhile, India's diplomatic efforts are further underscored by its support for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's proposed peace formula and Kyiv's plans to organize a global peace summit in 2024. The engagement signals India's commitment to peace-building initiatives while maintaining a neutral stance in the geopolitical landscape of the region.

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Published January 5th, 2024 at 15:29 IST

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