September 27, 2023

After US accusations, why haven’t North Korean weapons appeared in Ukraine?

Experts say static frontlines may be factor but that DPRK has successfully strengthened ties with Russia regardless

When Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, North Korea was among the first countries to voice support. The DPRK went on to formally recognize the Russia-backed breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, made plans to send workers there and reportedly sold weapons for the Kremlin’s war effort.

And yet a year into the war, there have been no signs that North Korean arms are in Ukraine, despite U.S. accusations of weapons sales, and DPRK laborers have yet to appear in the separatist states.