South Korean president admits giving military aid to Ukraine - Reuters

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South Korea admits to providing military aid to Ukraine

The South Korean government is studying the possibility of expanding ways to protect and support Ukraine. This includes the possibility of providing not only humanitarian and economic, but also military assistance.

According to South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, his country will decide to take such a step if Ukraine "is subjected to a large-scale civilian attack". He said this in an interview with Reuters.

It is noteworthy that the South Korean leadership has signaled a change in its stance for the first time since the start of a full-scale war, in particular by openly talking about its willingness to provide military assistance. Yoon Seok Yeol cited the analogy of the 1950-1953 Korean War, when his state also received international aid.

"If a situation arises that the international community cannot tolerate, such as any large-scale attack on civilians, massacres, or serious violation of the laws of war, it would be difficult for us to stop at just humanitarian or financial support," he said.

It is worth noting that previously South Korea categorically rejected the possibility of providing lethal weapons to Ukraine. Experts say that this position is explained by fears due to the cooperation of the Russian and DPRK terrorist countries.

"I believe that there will be no limit to support the protection and reconstruction of a country that has been illegally invaded under both international and domestic law. However, given our relations with the parties involved in the war and the events on the battlefield, we will take the most appropriate measures," said the President of South Korea.

Recall that in early 2023, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on South Korea to increase military support to Ukraine . He stressed that there was an "urgent need" for ammunition.

Earlier, South Korea's president said his country did not provide Ukraine with lethal weapons after Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened it with the destruction of bilateral relations. Seoul seeks to maintain "peaceful, good" relations with all countries of the world.

As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the South Korean government approved export licenses for Poland to supply Ukraine with Krab howitzers built using South Korean components. The decision was made back in 2022, but the first confirmation did not appear until spring 2023.

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