North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has received an award from Russia for his role in preserving the memory of Soviet soldiers who died in North Korea.
The Russian embassy in Pyongyang announced this on Tuesday.
The Ambassador of Russia presented the commemorative medal ’75 years of victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 ‘to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, according to a statement and photos published on the embassy’s Facebook page.
Kim Jong-un was not seen.
Kim was awarded the medal “for his great personal contribution to the commemoration of the dead and buried Soviet citizens in the territory of North Korea and for the safety of the graves and memorials of Soviet soldiers.”
Russian news agency TASS reported that 1375 Soviet soldiers were buried in North Korea.
The North Korean leader made his first public appearance on Saturday after a three-week absence. That gave rise to speculation about his health.
Kim first visited Russia in April 2019 to meet with President Vladimir Putin.
The number of deaths from the coronavirus in the UK has risen to above 28,000. That’s the highest number of deaths reported in Europe to date, according to data published Tuesday.
The National Statistical Office said that 29,648 people died in England and Wales with Covid-19 listed in the death certificates.
Including deaths for Scotland and Northern Ireland, the total number of deaths in the UK is now 32,313.
That is more than in Italy, formerly the hardest-hit country in Europe, although deaths are recorded there differently.