North Korea shocked the West after the country openly recognised the 'independence' of territories occupied by Russia.
On Wednesday (13 July), Russian news agencies reported that the DPRK had officially recognised the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk as 'People's Republics' in a show of support for the invasion of Ukraine.
And in frightening developments for the West, Kim Jong-Un deepened his alliance with Vladimir Putin by offering well-wishes to the dictator in recognition of Russia’s National Day, both countries' state media have reported.
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The Korean dictator went as far as to lend his "full support" to Putin, his "friendly" government and the people of Russia, praising the Russian president for his "leadership and great success in carrying out the just cause of protecting justice and his country’s dignity and security".
Kim Jong-Un’s warm words on Sunday mark the latest in a series of gestures showing a blossoming relationship between the two dictators, spelling trouble for the West whom the two nations see as their enemy.
While the countries have been growing closer for years, relations between the countries began to strengthen after the invasion of Ukraine by Putin's Russia.
Now the blossoming partnership threatens to become a long-term strategic alliance.
In response to Kim Jong-Un's public declaration of support for Putin, war-torn Ukraine declared they were severing diplomatic relations with North Korea.
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Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleh Nikolenko said: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the decision of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to recognize the so-called 'independence' of the temporarily occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts by the Russian Federation."
The status of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, or Oblasts, has long been disputed, having declared independence from Ukraine in an unofficial referendum in 2014.
The Ukrainian government regards the territories as being under terrorist control, while Russia recognised the independence of the regions on 21 February 2022 – just three days before its own invasion of Ukraine.
The DPRK is not the only country to be given the cold shoulder by Zelensky – on June 30, Ukraine similarly ended diplomatic relations with Syria, after the Middle Eastern nation also recognised the alleged independence of the same territories.
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