Fake Title: Fake: North Korea purchased rocket engines from Ukrainian factory Yuzhmash

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Fake Location: Moscow

Target Object: Presidential Administration, Ukraine Kyiv

Target Location: Kyiv

Fake Published: 13.08.2017

Content: Russain headlines claim that North Korea has acquired a high-performance liquid-propellant engine from Ukraine.


Fact Title: Ukraine denied that it had ever supplied defense technology to North Korea

Fact Content: Michael Elleman of the International Institute of Strategic Studies quoted by the New York Times on August 14, 2017 assumes that an unknown number of missile engines produced by Ukraine's Yuzhmash "were probably acquired". He is not claiming the transfer was done by Ukraine's government: "This is not to suggest that the Ukrainian government was involved". The secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, said Ukraine "has never supplied rocket engines or any kind of missile technology to North Korea." State-owned Yuzhmash said it had not produced military-grade ballistic missiles since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. In fact, Ukraine cooperates on the missile technologies with South Korea, not North Korea. Ukraine's acting space agency chief Yuriy Radchenko also told journalists "Such engines were made up to 2001 by Ukraine's Yuzhmash (plant)". He said the RD-250 engines were used in Cyclone-2 and Cyclone-3 space rockets supplied to Russia. SIPRI expert Siemon Wezeman says "Ukrainian engines for Yak-130 and Project-11356 frigates (both produced in Russia), as well as several Antonov An-140 and An-178 transport aircraft were delivered from Ukraine to Russia also after Ukraine put a ban on exports to Russia. Yak-130 were delivered in the period 2009-2016 and the first of the frigates in 2016, and more aircraft and frigates are still being produced for delivery in 2017 or later. The Antonov aircraft are produced in Russia under Ukraine's license." Reuters is quoting U.S. intelligence officials as saying they believe North Korea can produce its own missile engines and does not need to import the technology from Ukraine. When asked about the matter on August 15, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert appeared to side with Ukraine, saying it had a "very strong nonproliferation record." At the same time pro-Russian groups are trying to prevent US-Ukrainian military-technical cooperation - in 2016 a pro-Russian KiberBerkut group produced a fake video of ISIS militants fighting among Ukrainians. Based on reporting by Aleksei Bobrovnikov, StopFake, UNIAN, RFERL, Reuters and SIPRI.

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Fact Date: 13.08.2017

Result: Truth