Zelenskyy asks South Korea to offer arms to battle Russia

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged South Korea on Monday to offer his nation with arms to assist it battle Russia’s army.

Zelenskyy made the request in a video tackle to South Korean lawmakers that got here hours after Seoul’s Protection Ministry confirmed it had rejected a Ukrainian request for anti-aircraft weapons throughout a name between the nations’ protection ministers final week. The ministry cited the South Korean authorities’s precept of limiting its army assist to Ukraine to non-lethal provides.

“The Republic of Korea has tanks, ships and numerous tools that may block Russian missiles and we might be grateful if the Republic of Korea might assist us battle again towards Russia,” Zelenskyy mentioned, utilizing South Korea’s formal title.

“If Ukraine is ready to obtain such weapons, it is not going to solely assist us save the lives of our abnormal residents but in addition present Ukraine a possibility to outlive as a nation, and in addition assist forestall different nations from being attacked by Russia,” mentioned Zelenskyy, whose feedback had been dubbed over by a translator through the televised speech.

Becoming a member of U.S.-led worldwide sanctions towards Moscow, South Korea has already banned the export of strategic supplies to Russia and ended transactions with key Russian banks and sovereign wealth funds.

Zelenskyy thanked South Korea for these efforts however mentioned sanctions alone haven’t been sufficient to meaningfully cease the Russian aggression.

“Russia doesn’t care how many individuals die,” he mentioned.

Zelensky highlighted Russia’s takeover of Mariupol, the place he mentioned no less than tens of 1000’s of residents had been seemingly killed. He briefly stopped his speech to play a graphic video displaying buildings hit by rockets, Russian tanks firing as they rolled by destroyed streets and folks wailing over lifeless relations at overwhelmed hospitals. He mentioned Ukrainian forces haven’t been capable of enter Mariupol for the reason that begin of March and that Russian forces have minimize off humanitarian shipments.

“This warfare is much from over,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “Russia is aiming to finish Ukraine’s independence and separate the nation. It’s attempting to get rid of the tradition and language of the Ukrainian nation.”

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