February 22, 2024

North Korea recognizes breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine

Expert says move seeks to improve ties with Russia, as Kyiv swiftly severs diplomatic ties with Pyongyang

North Korea became the third country to recognize two Russia-backed separatist states in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, prompting Kyiv to cut diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.

According to North Korean state media on Thursday, DPRK foreign minister Choe Sou Hui informed the breakaway regions that Pyongyang recognizes the “independence of the People's Republic of Donetsk and the People's Republic of Luhansk” and expressed the North’s desire to develop state-to-state relations.