Luhansk People's Republic

Putin Plans Concert Bash to Celebrate Annexation of 15% of Ukraine

The Russian government under strongman Vladimir Putin is planning a concert in Moscow’s Red Square on Friday evening to welcome the annexation of four regions of Ukraine – Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” – that represent about 15 percent of Ukrainian territory.

TOPSHOT - Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the seventh anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2021. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEY DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

North Korea Inches Closer to Pro-Russia Separatists in Ukraine

Envoys for North Korea have apparently increased contact with Russia and its proxy separatist organizations in Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics,” in the months following the escalation of Moscow’s eight-year invasion of the eastern European country, the Pyongyang news site NK News observed Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un (L) before a meeting April 25, 2019 in Vladivostok, Russia. Kim Jong-un is on his first visit to Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)