Kyiv, 4 July 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese visited Kyiv on Sunday. He met with Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
He expressed the support of the Australian people to the efforts of Ukraine in their defense. During his visit to Ukraine, Prime Minister Albanese observed the devastations and damages caused by the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
Prime Minister Albanese endorsed the leadership and efforts made by President Zelenskyy in this time of crisis. The Prime Minister showed his support for Ukrainians.
He also said that his visit to Ukraine gives a clear message that democratic nations like Australia stand with the people of Ukraine in these crucial times.
President @ZelenskyyUa has shown bravery and leadership emblematic of his people in the face of Russia’s brutal and illegal invasion. My visit to Ukraine sends a clear message that democratic nations like Australia will stand with the Ukrainian people in their time of need. pic.twitter.com/lHVPJvPx7y
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 4, 2022
Australia’s Assistance to Ukraine
The request was made by President Zelenskyy for further assistance. Following that request, Australia has agreed to provide a package of assistance for the people of Ukraine.
A $99.5 million assistance for the military will be provided to Ukraine. It will include 20 Bushmaster-protected mobility vehicles and other military equipment.
The Defense Industry of Australia will provide these types of equipment as a contribution to NATO’s Ukraine Comprehensive Assistance Package Trust Fund.
US $6 million will be provided to assist Ukraine’s Border Guard Service. It will help to upgrade border management equipment, enhance border operations in the field and improve cyber security.
In addition, duty-free access for Ukrainian imports to Australia will be provided. Also, similar trade measures like the UK and the EU can be implemented.
Also, Australia plans to intervene at the International Court of Justice to show its support to Ukraine against Russia.
Australia will also impose sanctions on Russia. In addition, they will impose a travel ban on 16 Russian Ministers and officials.
Likewise, Australia aims to prohibit the import of gold from Russia. Furthermore, Australia is now the biggest non-NATO member to support Ukraine in its defense.
At the end of his visit, the Prime Minister thanked President Zelenskyy. Also, he thanked the Australian Defence Force and Armed Forces of Ukraine for ensuring the safety of his visit.