Ukraine severs ties with North Korea after recognition of Donbas republics
Kiev announced Wednesday that it is breaking off relations with North Korea after Pyongyang confirmed recognition of two pro-Russian separatist territories in eastern Ukraine.
The North Korean recognition of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk “people’s republics” came after Syria, also a Russian ally, did the same in June. Moscow had also recognized them.
In response, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denounced the North Korean decision to recognize the territories which, according to Kiev, are “temporarily occupied by Russia.”
“In response (…) Ukraine announces that it is severing diplomatic relations with the DPRK,” the statement said.
“Russia no longer has any allies in the world, with the exception of countries that depend on it financially and politically,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba maintained, quoted in the statement.
North Korean state agency KCNA said Thursday morning that the country “decided to recognize the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic and expressed the willingness to develop state-to-state relations with those countries.”
The diplomatic representations of the Donetsk and Lugansk separatists in Moscow circulated on Telegram photos of their representatives receiving an alleged letter of recognition from the North Korean ambassador, Sin Hong Chol.
Shortly before, the leader of the separatist territory of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, had announced this recognition by the North Korean authorities.