Before concluding his address, Zelensky asked the lawmakers watch a short clip filmed by a journalist in Mariupol.
The video showed the devastation in the city, including graphic images of weeping adults, dying children and bodies being thrown into mass graves.
“The road to the end is far,” Zelensky said. “Russia does not plan to occupy only Ukraine. After Ukraine, Russia will certainly attack other countries.”
The request came hours after South Korea’s Defence Ministry reiterated its refusal to send lethal arms to Ukraine, citing “our security situation” and the “potential impact on our military’s readiness posture”.
The assistance South Korea has provided has consisted of 1 billion won ($804,100) worth of non-lethal military supplies, such as bulletproof helmets and blankets, and medical items.