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Australia allocates one million tranche to support Ukraine's defense

Australia allocates one million tranche to support Ukraine's defense Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Australia has announced financial assistance exceeding $32 million to bolster Ukraine's defense, according to the Australian government and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Ahead of the second anniversary of Russia's invasion, the Australian government will provide a grant of $50 million Australian dollars (over $32 million USD) to the International Fund for Ukraine. These funds are designated for the procurement of critical military equipment.

The International Fund for Ukraine is administered by the Ministry of Defense of Britain, with contributions from partners utilized for the acquisition of military gear.

Australia emphasized its commitment to continue training Ukrainian military personnel under a program conducted in Britain. Additionally, Australia has provided Germany with the E-7A Wedgetail aircraft to safeguard vital logistical routes.

The government further stated that it has provided up to $960 million in assistance since the onset of full-scale war, with $780 million allocated to support the Ukrainian army.

Ukraine's response

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to Australia and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for their contribution to Ukraine's defense.

"Our countries may be geographically distant, but our shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law bind us together. We will never forget Australia and its support," said the head of state.

Australia's assistance to Ukraine

Despite being geographically distant from Ukraine, Australia has extended assistance to Ukrainians and condemned Russian aggression. The country has provided military and financial aid, dispatching instructors to train Ukrainian military personnel.

However, a recent scandal erupted in Australia surrounding the Taipan helicopters. Despite earlier requests from Ukraine to transfer them, Australia opted to decommission them.

A spokesperson from the Australian Ministry of Defense disclosed that the helicopters are already being dismantled and none of them are in operational condition.