Russian president Vladimir Putin could beg North Korean forces to give him a hand with his invasion of Ukraine, with up to 100,000 troops potentially on their way.
North Korea has made it clear that they would provide builders to repair war damage as well as up to 100,000 military personnel to fight in Ukraine.
Through "diplomatic channels", dictator Kim Jong-un has pledged his forces to enter Ukraine and support Russian troops attempting to invade and take control of the country.
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One defence expert in Moscow has said Russia should not be "shy" in accepting help from the North Korean dictator and his military.
Reserve colonel Igor Korotchenko, speaking on Russian state TV, said: "We shouldn't be shy in accepting the hand extended to us by Kim Jong-un."
A report given by a pro-Kremlin news agency has claimed that North Korea are "ready to transfer up to 100,000 of its soldiers to Donbas" with "tactical units" available.
In return for troops to support despot Putin's war in Ukraine, North Korea would allegedly receive grain and energy to bolster East Asian country.
Korotchenko said that troops from North Korea would be "resilient and undemanding", as well as "motivated" to help Russian war efforts.
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Speaking on stave TV channel Rossiya 1, the colonel said: "We shouldn’t be shy in accepting the hand extended to us by Kim Jong-un.
"If North Korea expresses a desire to meet its international duty to fight against Ukrainian fascism, we should let them."
Floundering Russian forces are set to be bolstered not just by North Korean troops but prisoners and the elderly also, with crackpot ideas coming in desperate attempts to secure more troops.
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Men in their 50s and 60s are said to have been recruited with pay rates much higher than the average person working under the flailing Russian economy.
Prisoners have also been offered a deal, with reports indicating those sent to the frontlines would have their jail sentences waived.
Korotchenko is well known for his pro-Putin rhetoric, with one occasion seeing the Russian military official say that there should be "no shame" in wiping out Ukraine as an independent state.
He said: "It was said here that Russia is trying to wipe Ukraine off the geopolitical map of the world. It isn't quite that.
"We are wiping an anti-Russia project off the geopolitical map of the world."
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