Olena Zelenska is Ukraine’s first lady who met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday and asked for non-lethal military assistance for her country, said by South Korea’s presidential office.
Zelenska, the wife of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is visiting South Korea to participate in a media conference.
Zelenska, meeting Yoon in the role of a special presidential envoy, told him that she hoped to get support for Ukraine in the form of non-lethal military equipment such as mine detectors, Yoon’s spokesperson, Lee Do-woon, told a briefing.
Yoon said South Korea would actively help the Ukrainian people, Lee said.
In an interview with South Korea’s Yonhap news agency published on Tuesday, Zelenska raised the possibility of Yoon visiting Ukraine, saying a visit would be “very supportive”.
She also called for “more radical” support for Ukraine to fight against Russian aggression.
Due of its relations with Russia, South Korea, an important manufacturer of ammunition for artillery, has said that it would not supply Ukraine any harmful weapons.
But Yoon said in an interview last month his government might not “insist only on humanitarian or financial support” if civilians in Ukraine come under a large-scale attack or due to a “situation the international community cannot condone”.