Putin’s Invasion Just Cast A Dark Shadow Over Korea

(FreedomBeacon.com)- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has undoubtedly affected the international system for years to come, according to a report from the defense and national security website 19FortyFive. The ramifications of the war will even touch Korea, which sits on the other side of the continent.

Something that we have reportedly learned since the start of the war earlier last year was that invasions to conquer and “impose political outcomes” still occur. They are not a thing of the past. If Russia succeeds in holding onto even a sliver of Ukraine, that could set a precedent for future wars to occur, including “a different territorial settlement on the Korean Peninsula.”

Infantry, armor, and artillery are all playing vital roles in the war so far on both sides. Artillery is especially resuming its long-established primacy since the First World War. This type of warfare is significant because although North Korea’s military has decayed, it largely retains all three of these battlefield ingredients.

Russia has been shunned by much of the Western world, with the Baltic Sea now a NATO lake. It could also see its Black Sea Fleet greatly reduced and even lose its Sevastopol base. As Finland prepares to join NATO, Russia’s Arctic bases are now doubly surveilled by NATO. These developments could mean that Russia reorients its attention to the Pacific.

As Moscow and Pyongyang’s relationship grows stronger, a military alliance could “reinvigorate North Korea’s economy and make its conventional forces more lethal.”

The nuclear question hangs in the balance as this relationship tightens. With Russia threatening to use nuclear weapons in its “special military campaign,” the world has been taken aback by a nuclear power invading another country that gave up its nuclear power in exchange for security, which evidently did not pan out well.

Korea and the United States may now be looking to revisit their policy on the Republic of Korea. If South Korea develops nukes it may represent a “monumental step” and bring about regional repercussions. But the country might choose to proceed with developing the weapons if it feels that security from the U.S. has weakened.