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April 12, 2022

Ukraine requests military assistance from South Korea

Rheinmetall is working to send up to 50 used Leopard 1 battle tanks to Ukraine.

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Ukraine has sought military aid from South Korea as its ongoing hostilities with Russia show no sign of stopping, Reuters reported.

In a video address to South Korean legislators, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the country needs more assistance to survive the conflict.

“You have something that can be indispensable for us […] armoured vehicles, anti-aircraft, anti-tank, anti-ship weapons,” he was quoted by the news agency as saying in the address.

This comes after the South Korean Defence Ministry rejected a Ukrainian request for anti-aircraft weapons to limit the impact on Seoul’s military readiness.

President Zelenskiy did not mention the rejection in his speech but said that the rules related to weapon supplies must be reassessed.

Last week, South Korea committed to sending $30m worth of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. It will also send non-lethal support, such as bulletproof helmets and medical kits, to the war-affected nation.

Rheinmetall is working to ship up to 50 used Leopard 1 battle tanks to Ukraine.

In an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger said that the first tanks will be delivered in six weeks.

The deliveries, set to be made through its subsidiary Rheinmetall Italia, are subject to German Government approval.

Papperger added that the Ukrainian skilled personnel can be trained to operate the Leopard 1 battle tanks in a few days.

Slovakia recently sent its S-300 air defence system to Ukraine, as Western countries continue to send military aid to the embattled country.

Russia claimed to have destroyed similar S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems deployed near Dnipro, Ukraine.

Slovakia said that its air-defence system was not hit in the attack.

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