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Australian philanthropist donates over $3 million for Ukraine's demining

Australian philanthropist donates over $3 million for Ukraine's demining Australian mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew Forrest (
Author: Maria Kholina

Australian mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew Forrest and his ex-wife Nicola, through their Minderoo foundation, have pledged 5 million Australian dollars (approximately 3.3 million US dollars) to aid in demining agricultural areas in Ukraine, according to BNN.

The initiative focuses on the northwest and south of Ukraine, promising to restore safety and productivity in these crucial agricultural zones.

Minderoo's donation is more than just a financial gesture, it's a lifeline for Ukrainian farmers caught in the crossfire of the ongoing war.

Landmines and remnants of military actions pose significant threats to the lives and health of people, rendering vast stretches of fertile land unusable.

It is expected that demining efforts supported by the Forrests will eliminate these threats, allowing displaced individuals to return to their homes and agriculture to thrive once again. This contribution addresses an urgent issue, as agriculture plays a key role in Ukraine's economy and food security.

Andrew Forrest

According to Forbes, Forrest's wealth amounts to 19.8 billion dollars (placing him 95th in the global billionaire rankings). Among Australian billionaires, he is second only to Gina Rinehart, the executive director of the large mining company Hancock Prospecting.

In 2003, Forrest founded Fortescue Metals Group, which is involved in iron ore mining as well as clean energy production.

Additionally, Forrest heads the philanthropic Minderoo foundation with donations totaling 9.6 billion dollars.

Australia's assistance

Despite Australia being far from Ukraine, it has been assisting Ukrainians and condemning Russian aggression. Canberra has provided military and financial aid and sent instructors to train Ukrainian military personnel.

However, a recent scandal erupted in Australia regarding Taipan helicopters. The country sent them for disposal, although, as reported by the media, Ukraine had previously requested their transfer.

A representative of the Australian Ministry of Defense stated that the helicopters are already being dismantled, and none of them are in flying condition.