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Putin persuades DPRK to open representative offices, send workers to Ukraine's temporarily occupied territories

17 September, 2023 Sunday
18:42

Russia wants to use workers from the DPRK in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories to support the occupation administration

The National Resistance Center reported the information.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin persuaded DPRK leader Kim Jong Un to set up his "diplomatic" missions in occupied Donetsk and Luhansk, whose main task is actually to facilitate the importation of North Korean citizens to the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories to perform construction work.

The National Resistance Center believes such actions on the Russian part confirm the lack of a sufficient number of workers from Russia or labor migrants from Central Asia.

This year, Russia has already recruited migrant workers to participate in the Russian occupying activities, so it is likely that labor detachments of DPRK citizens may be brought in to support the occupying forces.

In July, the Russian Foreign Ministry established its regional "representative offices" in the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions, whose main task was to attract foreigners to labor migration and establish foreign enterprises in these regions. Employees of the "representative offices" will work to create new "diplomatic missions," "consular offices," and "representative offices of foreign organizations" to create the illusion of "international recognition" of these territories' belonging to Russia.

Earlier, in 2014, Russia also used citizens of the so-called Commonwealth of Unrecognized States, which includes Abkhazia, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Transnistrian Moldovan Gagauzia, and the Republic of South Ossetia, who regularly visited the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

More details on cooperation between Russia and the DPRK

Earlier, White House spokesman John Kirby said that talks between Russia and the DPRK on military cooperation were "actively progressing."

In July, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the DPRK and met with his North Korean counterpart, among others.

In early August, the White House accused Russia of trying to buy munitions from the DPRK.

Oleksandr Musienko, head of the Center for Military Legal Studies, said that Russia has problems with the military and industrial complex, so Moscow is turning to the DPRK and Iran for help. According to him, Ukraine must be prepared for North Korea to supply weapons to Russia.

On August 31, the United States imposed sanctions on two Russian citizens over the development of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles for the DPRK.

On September 4, The New York Times reported, citing US and allied officials, that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to visit Russia in September and meet with Vladimir Putin to discuss military cooperation.

On September 11, the North Korean leader had travelled by train to Vladivostok to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin confirmed Kim Jong Un's visit to Russia "in the coming days".

Oleksandr Kraiev, an expert at the Ukrainian Prism Foreign Policy Council, believes that Russia is preparing to receive weapons and ammunition from the DPRK in exchange for food.

On September 13, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian leader Vladimir Putin had a meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

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