North Korea has offered Russia 100,000 “volunteers” to help in the war against Ukraine, according to Russian state television.
“There are reports that 100,000 North Korean volunteers are ready to come and participate in the conflict,” talk show host Igor Korochenko told Russian Channel One. New York Post reported.
The reports come as Russian military strength is depleted after its failed attempt to take key parts of Ukraine, including the capital of Kyiv.
Some estimates put the number of Russian soldiers killed at 15,000 or 25,000. Representing more than five months of war, this puts the number of Russian casualties at around 100 soldiers a day.
Korochenko also alluded to reports that Russia has invited North Korean “builders” to repair Russian-occupied Donbass.
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Alexander Matsegora, Russia’s ambassador to North Korea, said in an interview in July: “Korean builders who are highly skilled, hardworking and willing to work under the harshest conditions, will play a very serious role” in building the infrastructure destroyed in the Donbass. .
Korochenko called North Korean builders “resident and undemanding” and said most importantly they were “motivated”.
North Korea and Russia enjoyed a closer partnership after Russia invaded Ukraine, with North Korea being one of the only countries in the world to recognize the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) as independents.
Matsegora claimed in the interview that North Korea received nothing for its cooperation with Russia, and said it simply acted on its “conscience”.
“North Korea is one of the few countries that can afford to pursue a completely independent foreign policy. No one – not Russia with China, let alone the United States – can force the North Koreans to do anything. something or not to do something,” the ambassador added, promising to help North Korea fight its sanctions on the world stage.
“In the new reality in which we exist, in which the DPRK exists, in which the Donbas republics will exist, we have to get used to living in conditions of all kinds of restrictions,” Matsegora concluded.
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