The DPRK has the personnel needed to restore the Donbass, so the DPR needs to establish diplomatic relations with North Korea, DPR head Denis Pushilin said on the air of the Rossiya 24 channel.

“As for reconstruction, as for support, assistance in construction, we have certain aspirations, we know that we will definitely need personnel, we will definitely need builders, there are such qualifications in the DPRK, so in this respect we let's move, — he said (quoted by RIA Novosti).

The DPRK recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR in mid-July. The Embassy of the DPRK handed over a corresponding note to the Russian Foreign Ministry. Earlier, the DPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the parties also agreed “on further steps to establish diplomatic relations.”

Russia recognized the DPR and LPR within the borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine on February 22. The West reacted to this decision with new sanctions. Ukraine does not recognize the independence of the republics of Donbass and considers these territories occupied.

In addition to the DPRK and Russia, the independence of the two republics of Donbass was recognized by Syria. After the recognition of the DPR and LPR by Damascus, Kyiv broke off non-diplomatic relations. Later, Ukraine severed relations with Pyongyang.

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