No Asian country is on Ukraine’s thank you list

While a few Asian governments have offered humanitarian and defense aid to Ukraine, no Asian country or territory has appeared on kyiv’s recent list of “partners” to thank for supporting its freedom struggle against Russia.

The list, which was unveiled at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs video released on Monday, includes 31 countries that have supplied lethal weapons to Kyiv amid the current crisis. These nations provided rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers and other forms of ammunition the war-torn country said it desperately needed.

Ukraine officially thanked Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France , Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Great Britain Britain and the United States.

The Foreign Ministry declared these nations to be Ukraine’s “partners”, with Armed Forces Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi thanking them for their “unwavering assistance and support in these difficult times”.

Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and other Asian countries have sent humanitarian aid, non-lethal defense equipment or both, but the recently shared list highlights that Ukraine wants more support.

To date, South Korea, one of Asia’s largest economies, has provided 1 billion won (about $784,800) of non-lethal military and medical supplies to Ukraine, with additional non-lethal aid worth 2 billion won (about $1.57 million) expected to arrive soon .

However, Seoul has been criticized for not offering enough support, especially when only 60 lawmakers out of 300 attended Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s virtual speech earlier this month, according to reports.

“For the average South Korean, access to the delights of the sea takes top priority over a war in Eastern Europe,” wrote Artyom Lukin, professor of international relations at the Far Eastern Federal University. from Russia, in a tweet.

Japan, on the other hand, has maintained that it will not send lethal weapons to Ukraine, adhering to the principles of its post-World War II pacifist Constitution.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said that before the release of the thank you video, Ukraine asked why Japan had been excluded from the list. The Eastern European nation is said to have expressed “once again its gratitude to us for offering humanitarian and financial aid as well as defense equipment”.

Incidentally, Japan’s omission came after Ukraine apologized on Sunday for another previously posted video that referenced fascism during WWII and showed Emperor Hirohito alongside Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Meanwhile, China, which has forged a “Unlimited” friendship with Russia before the invasion, remained neutral in the face of the crisis, calling for peace but refusing to condemn Moscow’s actions.

So far, at least 2,700 Ukrainian civilians, 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers and 15,000 Russian soldiers are valued to have been killed since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

Highlighted Picture via Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

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