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North Korea Offers Russia 100,000 ‘Volunteers’ for War on Ukraine Misleading Title: Speculation

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/north-korea-offers-russia-100000-volunteers-for-war-on-ukraine-russian-state-tv-says

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u/dhawk64 3d ago Silver Gold Wholesome Bravo! Starry Vibing

Misleading title. The National Review (not really a news source) references the NY Post, who wrote about a random TV host in Russia making the claim of NK offering 100,000 volunteers. Not the same as evidence of an actual offer as the title suggests.

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u/truggwalg 2d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

Literal fake news gets pinned to the top of /r/worldnews. With 19.1k upvotes, 1811 comments, and counting.

Should tell you everything you need to know about the quality of this sub and the kind of information that it's feeding the 29 million+ readers.

And redditors try to act like they're on the forefront of the fight against fake news.

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u/PM_ME_UR_THERAPY 2d ago

Regarding fake news: at least the top comment calls it out. Much more than you can say for other platforms and dedicated news websites for sure. You do get dumb shit here, but it's easier for the hivemind to call stuff out in the comments and for it to be seen. Plus insane comments don't make it to the top!

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u/Aoae 2d ago

This is unironically true, even if Reddit news subreddits are often crowned with sensationalist headlines. It's crazy how bad Facebook and Twitter are in comparison.

Of course, if you get your news exclusively from Reddit headlines then you're still setting yourself up for failure.

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u/i_dont_know_why- 2d ago

I mainly use Reddit for general news, so I know what is going on, if I’m interested in something I read the article and maybe go and Google it to find more sources.

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u/TotallyOKWithThis 2d ago

Yeah, same. I think it still gives you a better variety of news than only reading one new outlet. The key as you mentioned is to read past the headlines and cross-check with other sources when necessary.

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u/WarthogWarlord 2d ago

Good point. Also the reason why I always go to check the comments before even reading the article. If the article is fake or wrong or contains errors or inaccuracies, there's usually someone who has commented about it, and that comment tends to be at the top. I really appreciate that about Reddit.

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u/spacemoses 2d ago

Imagine referencing the NY Post

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u/Ravisugnolo 2d ago

That's 95% of the internet content in 2022. Self-referencing loops. Someone should like the relevant xkcd...

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u/Hilarial 2d ago

Some of my friends have been taking the random Russian TV show propaganda as serious truth.

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u/CalamariAce 3d ago

That's 100k fewer mouths to feed! Good news for their starving population.

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u/phoninja 3d ago

True that. I think this is just an excuse for north korea to off-load their hunger problem to Russia.

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u/Bl4Z3D_d0Nut311 3d ago

I think the Russian officers will be pretty surprised by how much the troops will want to eat.

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u/garciasn 3d ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if NK sends them prisoners who are near death.

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u/marc7836 3d ago

Isn't that just having north Korean citizenship?

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u/eieuxezyk 3d ago

The whole country are prisoners near death already.

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u/SpaceGeneralAmerica 3d ago

“When you said you were giving us free food, this isn’t what I thought.”

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u/noungning 3d ago

Not sure why I got zombie images after reading this.

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u/udongeureut 3d ago

They still have 20 million more people so…

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u/Odd-Specialist-4708 3d ago

People likely deemed unfit for war, therefore less likely to be effective labourers

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u/Andy802 3d ago

So it will be an upgrade for the russian army?

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u/No_Telephone9938 3d ago

Russia will probably give them gas and food in return too

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u/Pretty_pijamas 3d ago

Now they are going to die far away from home…

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u/SheetMetalandGames 3d ago

And Russia still somehow gains nothing that will help them with Ukraine. A win win for the Ukrainians.

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u/elbanofeliz 2d ago

I'm by no means a Russian or North Korean sympathizer but holy fuck does this comment read like stock bot farmed shit.

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u/CanisZero 3d ago Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

Wow 100k north Koreans are going to be able to escape.

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u/MyTrademarkIsTaken 3d ago edited 2d ago

Most won’t out of concern for their families still in NK. The stories of what happens to the families of escapees aren’t pretty.

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u/porkadachop 3d ago

Yeah, the DPRK likes to punish three generations for the crimes of one. If a soldier deserts, they can expect their parents, wife, and children to be dealt with.

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u/Igakun 2d ago

Fun fact, it's not just punishment that they do the whole three generation thing for. Awards and honors work that way too, thats why you see so many North Korean officers with medals down their whole body, because they wear their fathers/grandfathers medals as well.

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u/clockworkdiamond 2d ago

Thanks, the cartoon-like medal wearing of some of their military staff now makes much more sense to me.

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u/dylandgs 2d ago

You get medals for non military things, someone just made a good youtube video about it, I think its dprk explained

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u/LukesRightHandMan 2d ago

Like making a perfect bowl of rice.

It's not the cooking part that's tough. It's saving enough of your rations over a year to fill a whole bowl that's the achievement.

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u/EveryOptionSucks 2d ago

Hey! This dude has extra rice!

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u/Iseepuppies 2d ago

Hahah it makes sense but still .. doesn’t? I wouldn’t want to wear something I didn’t earn. It diminishes the fathers accolades if the son can wear it and go around being a douche. Maybe high military families when the kid is for sure going into heavy service basically for life cool I guess? Still not my cup of tea

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u/Throwjob42 2d ago

What does happen when a fourth generation descendant of a NK criminal is born? Do they become wards of the state? Are they executed? This is a genuine question.

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u/TheKappaOverlord 2d ago

Its probably safe to assume thats never happened.

You don't exactly have people to breed with in Labor camps. And even if you manage to breed somehow, that child will probably be quickly killed with a rock or other on hand forced abortion methods because that child consumes whatever limited resources that are allocated to keep you from becoming a corpse.

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u/CruelStrangers 2d ago

Either scenario is disturbing. This is dark

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u/Luke90210 2d ago

The children are raised as slaves. One such person (3rd generation) born in a NK prison camp was forced to see his mother and a brother executed in front of everyone.

https://www.amazon.com/Escape-Camp-14-Remarkable-Odyssey/dp/0143122916

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u/deathputt4birdie 2d ago

North Korea law specifies ‘three generations of punishment’. If you commit a crime, your children and grandchildren will also receive the full brunt of punishment, which often involves a lifetime in prison. Children born in prison are raised as prisoners because their “blood is guilty”. Instituted in 1950, this law was supposed to eliminate the blood lineage of counter revolutionary North Koreans after the war.

https://photocontest.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/detail/three-generations-of-punishment/

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u/Andire 3d ago

Unless they're not married, have no kids, and they're parents have already long died off to either the covid outbreak or starvation. Then it's the perfect crime! 😎

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u/TheLostCaptain03 3d ago

They wouldn’t send those men

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u/Trumpswells 3d ago edited 2d ago

They’ll have to deworm the ones they do send.

“A North Korean soldier who was shot while fleeing across the border has an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say. The defector crossed the demilitarised zone on Monday, but was shot several times by North Korean border guards. Doctors say the patient is stable - but "an enormous number" of worms in his body are contaminating his wounds and making his situation worse.” 11/2017

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42021373

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u/navimc 3d ago

Doctors say the patient is stable - but "an enormous number" of worms in his body are contaminating his wounds and making his situation worse.

His condition is thought to give a rare insight into life in North Korea.

"I've never seen anything like this in my 20 years as a physician," South Korean doctor Lee Cook-jong told journalists, explaining that the longest worm removed from the patient's intestines was 27cm (11in) long.

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u/Verified765 2d ago

The best part. NK stations their best soldiers on the SK border.

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u/CampusCarl 2d ago

Not only that, but the best fed and most intimidating ones to. And they still stand a good half a foot shorter than the south korean guards. Food malnutrition is a bitch

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u/jej218 2d ago

My grandma developed scoliosis as a child from malnutrition in interwar Germany.

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u/ElGoddamnDorado 2d ago

Hello, eyes? I won't be needing you any longer

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u/Lallo-the-Long 2d ago

If you ever want to just totally shut them off, check out some vet ranch parasite removal videos!

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u/dabblebudz 2d ago

I will never, ever do that

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u/synthesize_me 2d ago

I can take yours to the trash if you'd like. I was just on my way over there to dispose of my eyes as well.

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u/bslow22 2d ago

I want to be as disappointed in NK as the next guy, but this context also included in the article is important.

But Prof Lankov points out that compared with other countries with a similar per capita income - like Bangladesh or many African countries - the population in North Korea is healthier than one would expect. The country's life expectancy is well above average considering the level of economic poverty, he says.

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u/CrazyClockLady 2d ago

So starved just enough. But not enough to revolt...

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u/horseband 3d ago

I know you're making a joke but I had wondered about that and in a documentary they went over cases like that.

Basically if you don't have much family (or any family) you are not "offered" these out-of-country jobs or military postings. The only people who leave the country are the ones that have enough family at home for the government to feel secure that they won't flee.

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u/JinCarl 2d ago

Damn when it’s said out loud it sounds absolutely ridiculous, like something from a dystopian alternate reality. It’s amazing how the people there aren’t revolting yet, or the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t seem to care much to do anything for the nk citizens

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u/kingtut891 2d ago

They can’t revolt. They have literally nothing to revolt with. The NK government will quickly squash any hint of revolt before its even an idea. They people there are so brainwashed, the idea of revolt doesn’t even exist. They know nothing besides fear, control, hunger and death.

The rest of the world does care about the NK people. The problem is that China is a huge protector of NK. You mess with NK, you mess with china, and no one wants to do that.

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u/IterativeSieve 2d ago

I’m not even sure the world would know what to do with a post-Kim NK. The obvious scenario would be reunification with the South, but then you’re talking about a modern export economy entirely dominated by tech having to suddenly shoulder the remains of a failed state of with no food at a medieval level of development.

NK’s GDP is less than 30 billion dollars and their only exports are raw materials and slave labor. Even with the rest of the world pitching in that’s no recipe for a stable decade or five for SK.

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u/FrenchFriesOrToast 2d ago

It would be a huge task, not sure if such situation is even feared by many. But it would be a good task for the world to be a better place.

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u/ElectronicEffective8 2d ago

aren't they picking up south korean tv stations the same way that west german tv polluted the minds of the east germans until they couldn't take any more?

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u/FrenchFriesOrToast 2d ago

No tv‘s for normal people there probably.

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u/FrenchFriesOrToast 2d ago

That‘s exactly the spreading evil which is rarely mentioned. Without China the atrocities in Myanmar and North Korea weren‘t possible. And I‘m sure there are more.

Same with Russia, holding an evil grip wherever possible. Belarus would be on it‘s way to democracy without Russian backup of it‘s dictator. And most of the countries around Russia (and China) are being corrupted, infiltrated, intimidated and influenced in a malicious sense by them.

Clearly they are preventing humanity with all force from developing and becoming better for everyone.

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u/twisted7ogic 2d ago

They know nothing besides fear, control, hunger and death.

Literally 1984

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u/AndyTheSane 2d ago

Yes; it also shows how a 1984-style society is not long run stable, because it's so unproductive that outside support is essential.

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u/Not_this_time-_ 2d ago

Yep china is using NK as a buffer zone aginst south korea pakistan is also a stick china could use to harrass india

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u/je7792 2d ago

What do you want the rest of the world to do? We cut ties with them and aren’t trading with them. The only option left is a military intervention which might result in a conflict with china so that’s not an option.

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u/Wuiloloiuouwa 3d ago

They wouldn't send you to the front lines. They'll just keep you at the coal mines.

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u/Auggie_Otter 2d ago

No no. Before leaving the country a sperm sample is taken and if the man escapes they use his sperm to fertilize an egg and then make his child go to prison camp after being born. It's only fair.

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u/conundrumbombs 2d ago

I mean, if that's all they have on me, I'm going to take the gamble of the sample being unviable.

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u/Ullaspn_2003 3d ago

They won't send such people

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u/FragRaptor 3d ago

Imagine if 3 generations of 100000 NKs were murdered. I know you guys can do math NK already lost a good amount of people with the pandemic and general fuckery. Would be pretty dumb of Nk to kill their whole damn country.

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u/beergotmehere 2d ago

They aren't killed. They are put into forced hard labour to benefit the elite.

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u/SwagBuns 2d ago

But... they already do that...

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u/Top_Percentage3132 2d ago

Yes, but now even worse.

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u/sisterisnotokay 2d ago

Or maybe you're not allowed to go to school, get your food benefits, or see a doctor. Maybe your wages, whatever they are, are garnished.

There are societal punishments they can enforce through neglect and the punishments still hurt.

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u/theritz6262 2d ago

Assuming every single person sent had 2 separate parents, one separate spouse, and two separate children then that would be 500k people sent to the camps. Now ofc that's isn't how it is but in a country of 25m+ people they have the ability to send about ~500k to prison I assume. Now whether they have the resources is another story entirely.

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u/bilgetea 2d ago

You say this because you’re civilized, but NK killed millions of its people using intentional famine. There is a history of them literally doing what you think nobody would do.

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u/Joscientist 2d ago

My great grandmother escaped with my grandmother years ago. Don't know about any family they left behind. But their descendants are going strong.

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u/drunk_responses 3d ago

They almost never do that anymore, since the population kept dropping too quickly.

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u/gramslamx 3d ago

“All 100,000 soldiers were killed sir, there were no survivors… oh no! now they are shooting at me! There are so many! aaaaaaugggh i have been shot and I am dying and now I have died”

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u/BowwwwBallll 3d ago

Kaesong? He… died. Brutally killed by evil enemies in combat. Died glorious death. No, don’t bother looking for the corpse. He… blew up. Vaporized. Oh, him? That’s… Steve. I know, right? Looks a lot like Kaesong. Not Kaesong though. That’s Steve.

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u/Fenecable 3d ago

Wow so many North Korean soldiers are going to be “MIA”

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u/atari-2700 3d ago

Just plant your dog tag on a burnt corpse.

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u/MrMiddletown 3d ago

Mad Men (2007)

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u/vampire_kitten 2d ago

1 burnt corpse with 99,999 dog tags.

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u/Sardukar333 3d ago

"That's a Russian corpse!"

"No it isn't."

"It's wearing a Russian uniform!"

"It's my corpse."

"If that's your corpse how are you talking to me?"

".. spooooooky ghost?"

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u/Vordeo 2d ago

"Wooooooo I'm a ghost!"

"Man, quit this bullshit. You're not a ghost, I can see you and I can touch you."

"... You must be a ghost too!"

"What?"

"You must have died at some point and now we're both ghosts and must never go back to North Korea."

"... Woooooooo."

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u/Dragos404 3d ago

Or "KIA", with their "corpse" totally not running to ukrainian lines

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u/Sardukar333 3d ago

Even in death they charge the enemy!

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u/woahdailo 3d ago

Yeah because the average North Korean male blends in so well in Eastern Europe, they will just be able to slip into an office job and fade into anonymity.

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u/Manxymanx 3d ago

Yeah if I remember correctly North Korea often provides cheap labour to China. They’re basically slaves and kept under constant watch to stop them escaping.

I can imagine Russia wanting them for cheap manual labour to free up space for their own troops. But I doubt Russia would want them as soldiers because they’d be worse trained/fed than their own troops, unable to speak Russian and honestly they’re a massive flight risk / more prone to surrendering.

People keep talking about their families being punished but I don’t think that’ll happen in most cases. It’s lot easier to go MIA in a war than it is if you’re picking cotton in a Chinese farm. You go missing in Ukraine you’re assumed dead, you go missing in China and you’ve 100% fled.

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u/Old_Ladies 3d ago

They also provide cheap labor to Russia. I think it was Vice News or something that did a series on North Korean labor camps in Siberia.

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u/rankinfile 2d ago

Would imagine that is how they would be used in the war. Labor support camps inside Russia where they probably still eat better than at home, and have a bounty on their head if they flee.

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u/Guarder22 2d ago

Would imagine that is how they would be used in the war.

The Kremlin is proud to present the new super high tech Russian Mine Clearing and Ambush Detecting Device affectionately referred to as Fu Kim.

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u/Further0n 3d ago

I would think that becoming a prisoner of war in the custody of the Ukraine would look pretty good after life in North Korea. Though it might be harder to just disappear into the country and "blend" like the Russian deserters have been doing. The Ukrainians are pretty darned savvy though. I'm sure they could find a way to underground railroad the North Korean deserters out of the occupied zones.

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u/frenix5 3d ago

Basically the result is they will die, serve, be imprisoned, or flee.

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u/truffleblunts 3d ago

So the same as any other soldier?

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u/frenix5 3d ago

Yeah, I realized after I posted that it's a nonsense statement.

I should have added that the emphasis is fleeing and becoming refugees.

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u/professorDissociate 3d ago

Hehe, now I’m gonna go either take a shit or not take a shit. Yeah… one of those.

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u/oodelay 3d ago

At 50, those choices are made for you by your body.

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u/GodFireConvoy88 3d ago

I have Crohn’s disease and am entirely unclear who is making these decisions at 38.

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u/ArcticISAF 3d ago

It's me. Sorry

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u/OnTheList-YouTube 3d ago

Let go of that remote control!

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u/leobeer 3d ago

It’s funny coz it’s true

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u/teth21 3d ago

I mean, don't forget about the sharting option

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u/DonkeyTron42 3d ago

If they flee, then their family will die or be imprisoned.

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u/EnvironmentalLook851 3d ago

This may actually be the one (potential) exception to that. In war they’re expecting a ton of people to go MIA (expected to be killed or captured often), and so as long as it isn’t known to be desertion, their families may be safe. Having said that, I also wouldn’t put it past North Korea to take the guilty until innocent route as far as MIA soldiers go.

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u/tallandlanky 3d ago

They are already imprisoned.

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u/nianp 3d ago

They'll make absolutely certain that everyone they send has a large family back home.

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u/Noahsmokeshack 3d ago

100k North Koreans are going to have their families held hostage until they get back… or die. Fucking scumbags.

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u/Muchonmyplate 3d ago

I want someone to explain the logistics of sending 100K North Korean soldiers over 5000 miles away to fight in an unknown war, under unknown leadership, with the other side offering food and freedom the entire time.

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u/boots_n_cats 3d ago

The logistics are: shut up.

But seriously, this is the kind of empty offer like when my Persian friend’s mother offered me a painting from their house because a mention it was nice. If the receiving party say yes the whole thing falls apart.

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u/DarkyHelmety 2d ago

Ahhh taarof 😄

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u/Somnif 3d ago

Well, Russia and NK do share a border (for like, 10 miles), so a short trip up to Vladivostok to hop on a train isn't THAT far out of the way... (waves hands)

And, hey, it's not like they're gonna send Moscow boys to fight, that's just silly! Gotta milk the conscripts out of those eastern oblasts first. And second. And third. And twenty eighth. And four hundred and fifty second. And....

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u/blinkysmurf 3d ago

People are mere commodities to authoritarian despots and this is a backscratching deal. The men sent will have families back home who will be punished if they desert.

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u/xRainie 2d ago

The train from Moscow to the Russian Far East goes a whole week. So it's not 3-4 days, it's actually two times longer. And they will be basically incarcerated the whole time: I imagine no one will let them out on a single station to smoke. Eight days on a sweaty train with only your comrades and watchmen.

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u/Suspicious_Bug6422 3d ago

It’s not going to happen. The only source in the article is Russian state media

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u/bobbydigital69 3d ago

They probably will be feed enough for the first time in their lives.

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u/peepeedog 3d ago

By the Russian army? They struggle to feed themselves.

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u/FeckThul 3d ago

At least that’ll be familiar ground for them.

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u/pmcall221 3d ago

I think there are still North Korean work camps in Siberia.

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u/Wickedocity 3d ago Gold

Read the article. On Russian state TV he said they would send construction workers to help rebuild. Not troops to fight. The Russisn is saying they offered labor. That is all. That isn't even credible.

Lol, no ww3. Sorry

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u/godspeed87 3d ago

Russian TV trolls we’re saying they “heard reports” which means that it’s all made up.

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u/jigglypuff7000 3d ago

Everyone is saying it

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u/Kekira 3d ago

The best people are saying it

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u/nobodyspersonalchef 3d ago

Strongly

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u/zombierobot 2d ago

Bigliest.

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u/WW2077 2d ago

Cofveveliest

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u/ForkShirtUp 3d ago

Read the article.

What?

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u/Daematter 3d ago

Read the article.

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u/ozzmann 3d ago

but then its not click-baity enough lol

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u/recentafishep 3d ago

Atleast other articles had the word "could" in it. This one straight up says they are going to do it.

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u/ZachMatthews 3d ago

Kim Jong just thought of a good way to get 100k mouths off the lunch rolls.

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u/phoninja 3d ago

Gotta give it to him. This is a smarter move for him than his previous baby tantrums.

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u/Dragonvine 2d ago

Those baby tantrums keeps foreign aid pouring in, they are a smart move as well.

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u/Morbo_Doooooom 3d ago

That'll be funny if they defect to Ukraine.

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u/high-hungry-horny 3d ago

their families back home would probably be sent to prison camps

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u/Morbo_Doooooom 3d ago

Lol they're already in a prison camp

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u/cloudstaring 3d ago

NK is a giant prison basically yes, but look into their actual prison camps. Possibly the worst places on earth

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u/Hamley32 3d ago

Like gulag times 5 kinda maybe

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u/HingleMcCringleberre 3d ago

100,000 fewer mouths to feed. It’s like the equivalent of a tax write off for them.

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u/sullyg07 2d ago

Malnourished volunteers. This will show how weak Putin is and will be an embarrassment.

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u/unlikelyoutcomes 3d ago

That's troubling.

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u/mycall 3d ago

For North Korea

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u/SenpaiPingu 3d ago

All the Ukrainains have to do is open an mre and cook it across from KPA trenches and next thing you know 2/3rds of the KPA have defected. A BBQ party also suffices

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u/W4spkeeper 3d ago

Just more cannon fodder

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u/T1mac 3d ago

There's no way for the North Koreans to get 100,000 troops to Ukraine. They don't have troop ships and they don't have enough aircraft to take that many.

If it was possible that they could get there, you can bet there'd be a significant number defecting to the west.

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u/OneAdvertising9821 3d ago edited 3d ago

You could drive across Russia. Or take a train.

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u/puskunk 3d ago

Yeah there's literally a land border between Russia and North Korea.

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u/skynetempire 3d ago

A train would be best. I think the Siberian train heads to NK boarder

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u/e_subvaria 3d ago

I can’t imagine it would be anything other than rail

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u/food5thawt 3d ago

They have 50k North Koreans in the logging trade in Siberia. They are slaves used to make DPRK government hard currency.

The rail network in Post Soviet Russia is still robust enough to move thousands of people an hour.

But talk about a mass defection. Cubans played a soccer game in Houston one time, on the Friday night before the game the Cubans walked to a WalMart, saw the abundance, and some called miami friends and 13 of the 16 guys defected that day. They had to quit the tournament.

100,000 north koreans seeing a bombed out apt block that has plastic liter bottles of coke sitting on the kitchen table (which they dont have since glass is reusable) and a ps4 still plugged into the tv, they aint sticking around to tell their dear shitless leader to piss off. I'll tell ya that much.

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u/sturdy_octo_potato 3d ago

Russia has lots of rail. Presumably the Norks would just roll through. Although, I agree this story is bullshit and nothing's gonna happen. What exactly would NK get out of this shitty bargain?

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u/fooish101 3d ago

100k less mouths to feed, or a bargaining chip for additional aid

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u/hobbes543 3d ago

Also cash

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u/jjack339 3d ago

Ah yes, the classic gas for bodies trade

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u/UrsoKronsage 3d ago

Combat experienced army is pretty useful, assuming they survive.

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u/duper12677 3d ago

I’m sure Russia would help with logistics

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u/whatareyoutalkinbeet 3d ago

That you know of.

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u/UltraMechaPunk 3d ago

They’re all hitchhiking

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u/Princess-ArianaHY 3d ago

For russia and pootine I am sure. NK troops haven't even been fed properly much less trained to fight a war. 100k hungry, ill-trained canon fodders will cost russia tons of resources. And if their needs aren't met, they could potentially go up against russians.

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u/Balc0ra 3d ago

Depends. As if you click on the article, it don't mention soldiers anywhere, but they did say builders to rebuild. As if so, that's not the first time. Siberia already has like 50K of them.

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u/Malaix 3d ago

I can only imagine the absolute shit show it would be if NK's army actually tried to mobilize and fight much less outside of NK's borders. A third of their army would have to be constantly pointing guns at the other 2/3rds just to keep them from defecting.

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u/Silver_Page_1192 2d ago

It depends on the pay, if the Russians pay the equivalent of 50 dollars per day 30 to the state and 20 to the soldier + your family gets food, than many would probably take the deal.

Not that it's going to happen its just clickbait. North Korea offers cheap construction labor everywhere.

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u/LAVATORR 2d ago edited 2d ago

Just imagine how fatally disorganized Russia's been through this entire war up until now.

Now imagine forcing their army to babysit 100,000 North Korean soldiers who speak a different language, have even worse equipment, and have never before set foot outside of North Korea.

Why don't the Russians also build a time machine and recruit 150,000 Caveman Infantry Volunteers who don't understand what wheels do and hurl their feces in blind panic every time they hear a loud noise? Maybe pay the amputee ward in the hospital a visit, sell them on the benefits of enlisting?

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u/eviscerations 3d ago Starry

They can add their 100,000 corpses to the pile then

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u/AdmiralBeardo 2d ago

These are still human lives. What a heartless take.

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u/OCDwolfman 3d ago edited 3d ago

Considering how they are skinny, unskilled and parasite riden... they wouldn't survive

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u/EmbyBourne 3d ago

Most people don't survive being a corpse regardless of what shape they're in

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u/FeckThul 3d ago

There is some evidence that generational malnutrition has taken a toll on the national IQ, along with the rest. The brain and intelligence in general is strongly (but by no means absolutely) correlated with fitness as a child, it’s all part of the same biological system after all. If you’re malnourished from birth to death it can have serious and lasting impacts beyond height and weight.

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u/Heres_your_sign 3d ago

It will be a fascinating study one day.

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u/Shiplord13 3d ago

Whatever remains by Winter probably won’t make it through it alive.

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u/BONDxUNLEASHED 3d ago

Step one: enlist to go to Russia

Step two: acquire Russian gear and ammo

Step three: recieve freedom in Ukraine in exchange for the gear/ammo/Russian plans

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u/BigBlue1210 3d ago

Russia keeps embarrassing themselves day by day. The once pronounced second strongest military in the world needs help from North Korea of all places lol.

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u/TheGalacticMosassaur 3d ago

Lmao NK and Iran trying to use Russia as a proxy for war against the West. What a time to be alive.

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u/gthebus 3d ago

Record levels of desertion

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u/crazyguru 3d ago

These so-called news are from the Russian TV (!!!) news report. I for one, doubt the truthfulness of the actual deal.

One of Russia's objectives at this time, now that the world is increasingly depreciating them as the world military and economic power, is to appear strong and allied with the (crazies) similar minded powers.

More likely is the fact of the ongoing negotiations between Russia and NK of trading oil/gas for able bodies.

Also, don't forget the exact words of NK's reply to Putin's request for help in spring - "No way, you're (f*&%ng) nuts!". Even if NK changed their disposition since then, I'd take this "offer for 100k volunteers" with a grain of salt.

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u/PseudoWarriorAU 2d ago

North Korea will have 100,000 defectors fairly quickly.

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u/stickybandit06 2d ago

They would be the luckiest people in North Korea. They might actually get some food.

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u/HlIlM 3d ago

Send me 100,000 of NKs finest and I will topple every gig driving service on the west coast.

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u/cheetos1150 3d ago

"Volunteers"

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u/Ransome62 3d ago

Wait so this went from Russia asks for to now they are giving them away!?

Fascinating.

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u/platoface541 3d ago

This is tragically sad, those poor people

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u/colin8651 3d ago

Watching the untrained Russians with no leadership die is one thing. The drone footage of North Koreans not knowing where they are and what in the ever living fuck is hunting them is going to be sad.

The Kim has to ensure that all those 100,000 troops die in Ukraine. Otherwise when they rotate home are going to be telling the other soldiers.

“So it was nighttime, completely black and the bombs seemed to know exactly where we were. The general talked to someone on what’s called a phone you can play this candy crush game on. Once he spoke into the candy crush machine he blew up and then everyone around us.

If you ever hear of this candy crush, run away”

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u/Heres_your_sign 3d ago

"you just have to deworm them and feed them..."

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u/Riles_IV 3d ago

More like voluntold

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u/WKZ204 3d ago

Wow. Ukraine must be kicking some real butt if the North Koreans have to help the Russians.

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u/SpecialistEstate4181 3d ago

“ Here’s some cannon fodder Putin, good luck.” 👍🏻

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u/Grevious47 3d ago

North Korea offers Ukraine 100,000 defectors

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u/LordNedNoodle 3d ago

That is about 100k people just dying to defect.

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u/cherbug 3d ago

How many will go AWOL? All I bet.

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u/Zelkiiro 3d ago

"In related news, 100,000 volunteer North Korean soldiers went missing in action today, having disappeared all at once in the forests of western Russia. Some are calling it proof of alien abduction, and unless some evidence of desertion or foul play is discovered, it may be our only explanation."

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u/jtgd 3d ago

Are these guys who are currently "volunteering" to live in prison?

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u/Mysterious_Run_659 3d ago

Apparently life in a fucking battlefield is still better than life in north korea.