- by GI Magazine
- Sep 15, 2022
July 14 (Reuters) - According to a separatist leader and the North's official news agency, North Korea on Wednesday recognised two Russian-backed breakaway "people's republics" in eastern Ukraine as sovereign entities. After Syria and Russia, North Korea is now the third nation to recognise the Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republics (LPR), the two breakaway entities in the Donbas area of Ukraine.
Denis Pushilin, the head of the DPR, wrote on his Telegram channel that he hoped for "fruitful cooperation" and more trade with North Korea, a distant, nuclear-armed nation more than 4,000 miles (6,500 km) away. On its Telegram page, the DPR Embassy in Moscow shared a picture from a ceremony in which Sin Hong-chol, the North Korean ambassador to Moscow, presented Olga Makeyeva with a certificate of honour.
The official North Korean news agency KCNA confirmed on Thursday that foreign minister Choe Son Hui had issued letters on Wednesday recognising the independence of both areas. According to KCNA, "in the letters, she... emphasised the desire to advance state-to-state ties with those nations in the spirit of independence, peace, and friendship." In response to the action, Ukraine promptly broke ties with Pyongyang. However, some Donetsk citizens who reside in the self-declared "republic" welcomed the recognition.
Olga, who would not provide her last name, said, "Of course I'm thrilled." "Let more people recognise us so that everyone is aware that we are here." The more nations that recognise the entities, Anastasia, who also declined to give her last name, told Reuters, the less chance Kyiv had of regaining control of the land taken by the Russian-backed separatists and Russian military. She declared, "Step by step, we're entering the global scene.
In a move denounced as illegitimate by Kiev and the West, Russia, which has supported the regions since 2014, recognised them on the eve of its invasion of Ukraine. Russia defended its decision to start the war, which it refers to as a "special military operation," by claiming that it was defending the area's Russian-speaking population from "genocide." These claims have been rejected by Kiev and the West as a justification for starting a conflict and annexing large portions of Ukrainian land. North Korea previously stated that it agreed with Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.