November 26, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday requested South Korea for navy gear assist to assist his nation’s combat in opposition to Russian aggression.

Zelenskyy made the request in a digital handle earlier than South Korean lawmakers, saying Ukraine wants varied navy applied sciences, together with planes and tanks.

“The Republic of Korea may help Ukraine,” he mentioned. “South Korea has the varied navy gear that may cease Russia’s vessels and missiles.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy provides a digital speech to the Nationwide Meeting in Seoul on April 11, 2022. (Pool photograph) (Yonhap)

Zelenskyy thanked South Korea for the help it has offered thus far however famous extra might be wanted to ensure that his nation to outlive and win the warfare.

“I’d be grateful if the Republic of Korea may assist us get up in opposition to Russia,” he mentioned in remarks translated into Korean. “If Ukraine receives such weapons, not solely will they save the lives of unusual folks, however will probably be an opportunity to save lots of Ukraine, and never solely Ukraine, however guarantee different nations usually are not attacked by Russia.”

Zelenskyy spoke for quarter-hour in regards to the state of affairs in his nation, together with the seemingly deaths of “at the least tens of 1000’s” of individuals within the metropolis of Mariupol.

He warned Russia has no concern for the variety of deaths and can cease at nothing until the worldwide neighborhood comes collectively, together with by reducing it off from the worldwide banking system.

“All nations have a proper to independence,” he mentioned. “All cities have a proper to stay peacefully. All folks have a proper to not die in a warfare. That is what we’re preventing for. That is what I ask you to affix us in as we stand as much as Russia.”

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Earlier than closing, Zelenskyy requested that the lawmakers watch a brief clip filmed by a journalist in Mariupol.

The video confirmed the devastation within the metropolis, together with graphic photographs of weeping adults, dying youngsters and our bodies being thrown into mass graves.

“The highway to the tip is way,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “Russia doesn’t plan to occupy solely Ukraine. After Ukraine, Russia will definitely assault different nations.”

The request got here hours after South Korea’s protection ministry reiterated its refusal to ship deadly arms to Ukraine, citing “our safety state of affairs” and the “potential affect on our navy’s readiness posture.”

The help South Korea has offered has consisted of 1 billion gained (US$804,100) price of non-lethal navy provides, corresponding to bulletproof helmets and blankets, and medical objects.

Zelenskyy appealed to the senses of the Korean public by making a reference to the 1950-53 Korean Struggle.

“You skilled warfare within the 50s, and quite a few civilians misplaced their lives. However South Korea overcame it,” he mentioned. “On the time, the worldwide neighborhood offered quite a lot of assist, however proper now there is no such thing as a hope that Russia will cease by itself.”