MOSCOW, July 13 (RAPSI) – The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has recognized the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The DPR’s international status and its statehood continue to strengthen, the self-proclaimed republic’s head Denis Pushilin stated on his Telegram channel. This is another victory of our diplomacy, he said commenting on the North Korea’s decision.

This political solution will become a basis for the further relations development, he added.

The document on the recognition of the Donetsk People’s Republic by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was given to the DPR envoy Olga Makeyeva, according to the region’s Foreign Minister. During her meeting with the North Korean Ambassador to Russia Sin Hong-chol the parties agreed on the further steps to establish diplomatic relations.

In late June, Syria decided to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics. 

Russia recognized the sovereignty of the self-proclaimed republics on February 21. A few days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine.