North Korea is the third country, along with Russia and its ally Syria, to recognize Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.
North Korea has officially recognized both pro-Russian separatist regions of eastern Ukraine as independent countries, North Korean state media reported Thursday morning.
The recognition comes after the Pyongyang government sent letters to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic on Wednesday, the official KCNA news agency said.
In these missives, the North Korean regime says that it has decided to recognize the independence of these two regions and has expressed the will to develop state relations with countries with the idea of developing the country. independence, peace and friendship, KCNA continued.
North Korea is the third country, along with Russia and its ally Syria, to recognize these two territories as independent states.
Russia has justified its military offensive against the #x27;Ukraine launched on February 24 by the need to defend these separatist entities.
Moscow is widely considered, despite its denials, as the instigator of these separatist movements in 2014 , in the wake of its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
The two separatist territories claimed on Wednesday that they had been recognized as states by North Korea, which did not immediately make an announcement.
The diplomatic representations of the Donetsk and Lugansk separatists in Moscow had each broadcast a photo of their respective representatives on Telegram, receiving what was presented as a letter of recognition from the hands of North Korean Ambassador Sin Hong Chol.< /p>
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denounced in a press release North Korea's decision to recognize these territories described by kyiv as temporarily occupied by Russia.
As a result […], Ukraine announces that it is cutting all relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of the northern peninsula, the ministry said.
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