“If North Korea expresses a desire to meet its international duty to fight against Ukrainian fascism, we should let them,” Korotchenko said.
Seemingly no consideration was given to what constitutes a “volunteer” force in an authoritarian state such as North Korea.
The claim of North Korean assistance comes as several Russian satellite states are providing so-called “volunteer” forces, a sign that some Western intelligence analysts have taken as an indication that Vladimir Putin lacks the political capital to order a mass mobilization within Russia.
“Our assessment is that the Russians will increasingly find it difficult to supply manpower [and] materiel over the next few weeks,” the MI6 chief said during a Q-and-A session at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
“These are not middle class kids from St. Petersburg or Moscow,” he said of the troops being sent to the front line against Ukraine.
“These are poor kids from rural parts of Russia, they’re from blue collar towns in Siberia, they are disproportionately from ethnic minorities — these are [Putin’s] cannon fodder.”