Australia to provide $74 million assistance package to Ukraine

Australia to provide $74 million assistance package to Ukraine

The Australian government has announced a new A$110 million ($73.5 million) package to Ukraine, which includes 70 military vehicles to protect against Russia’s invasion. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stated that this additional support will make a genuine difference and help the Ukrainian people who continue to display great courage in the face of Russia’s illegal, unprovoked, and immoral war. The fresh commitments bring Australia’s total contribution for Ukraine to A$790 million, including A$610 million in military support, since the conflict began in February 2022.

Albanese clarified that the package was not prompted by events in Russia over the weekend when heavily-armed Russian mercenaries briefly took control of the Russian city of Rostov, in one of the most significant challenges to President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power. He stated that they have been working on this proposal for some time, with a view to taking it to cabinet this morning. Australia is one of the most significant non-NATO contributors to the West’s support for Ukraine and has been supplying aid, ammunition, and defence equipment, including scores of Bushmaster armoured vehicles.

To prop up Ukraine’s economy and trade, Albanese said Australia would also extend duty-free access for goods imported from Ukraine for another 12 months. The latest military assistance package will include 28 M113 armoured vehicles, 14 special operations vehicles, 28 medium trucks, and 14 trailers. Albanese welcomed the Australian high court’s decision to dismiss a challenge by Russia to prevent the federal government from taking control of land leased to build a new embassy near the parliament house in Canberra.

He stated that they expect the Russian Federation to act in accordance with the court’s ruling. Australia canceled Russia’s lease to build a new embassy citing national security on June 15, drawing criticism from the Kremlin, which said the move by Canberra reflected its anti-Russian sentiment. ($1 = 1.4959 Australian dollars) Reporting by Renju Jose and Alasdair Pal in Sydney; editing by Stephen Coates. Our Standards: The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles.

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