The Kremlin intends to bring workers from the DPRK to the TOT of Eastern Ukraine

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As a result of the meeting between dictators Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un on 13 September in the Amur region of Russia, a number of agreements were signed regarding the TOT of Ukraine.

In particular, the Kremlin dictator persuaded his Pyongyang counterpart to open his “diplomatic missions” in Donetsk and Luhansk. The main task of these pseudo-diplomatic institutions is not to strengthen economic cooperation or promote tourism (because these things do not exist in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)), but to facilitate the import of workers to the TOT and engage North Korean citizens in construction work in these regions.

Such actions of the Kremlin show that there are not enough workers from the territory of the Russian Federation or labor migrants from Central Asia, whom they could attract to the TOT both for the construction of engineering and fortification infrastructure for the Russian occupation forces (hereinafter referred to as ROF) and for construction in the interests of the occupation administrations. In the spring and summer of this year, attempts to recruit labor migrants into the occupation army were already recorded. Therefore, it is possible that these labor detachments of DPRK citizens will be used to support the ROF.

Earlier, at the end of July, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs established its regional “representative offices” in the TOT of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Their task was to engage foreign citizens in labor migration and facilitate the establishment of enterprises by foreigners in these regions. Employees of these “representative offices” are also supposed to work actively to establish new “diplomatic missions”, “consular offices” and “representative offices of foreign (international) organizations” in order to be able to talk about the “international recognition” of these territories as belonging to the Russian Federation.

Until 2022, such a role for Russia was played by representatives of the so-called Commonwealth of Unrecognized States (Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Gagauzia, Transnistrian Moldovan Republic and South Ossetia), whose representatives have been regularly visiting the TOT of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the TOT of Donetsk and Luhansk regions since 2014. The National Resistance Center reminds that you can report relevant information on the illegal stay and activities of foreigners in the TOT via the chatbot.

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