North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday congratulated Russia on its annual Victory Day in a letter to his Russian counterpart.
According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim's letter expressed warm greetings to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian army and people of Russia for their fight "to realize international justice and defend global peace" against so-called "imperialists."
“Victory is Russia’s inherent tradition, and the glory of victory will shine in history and last forever with Russia even when the time passes and generations change,” Kim wrote, according to KCNA.
Kim said that under Putin's leadership, Russia will "smash all challenges and threats posed by hostile forces" and prevail in its quest to ensure the country's "sovereignty, dignity and regional stability,” KCNA said.
North Korea is one of only a handful of countries to show outright support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine and has blamed the United States and the West for the war.
The KCNA report made no mention of Ukraine.