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Zelenskiy Urges Japan to Help With ‘Tsunami’ of Russian Invasion

  • Ukrainian president calls for ban on trade with Russia
  • Japan parliament hosts foreign leader speech for first time
Members of Japan’s lower house of parliament applaud during Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s address, on March 23. 
Members of Japan’s lower house of parliament applaud during Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s address, on March 23. 

Photographer: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged Japanese lawmakers to expand their already unprecedented sanctions regime against Russia, saying he needed more help to turn back the “tsunami of brutal invasion.”

In a speech Wednesday to the Japanese Diet, Zelenskiy reiterated his call for a trade embargo against Russia. The video address -- like his other appeals to supportive parliaments -- was peppered with references intended to strike a chord locally, such as an allusion to the 2011 tsunami that devastated northeast Japan and sparked a nuclear disaster.