Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese Pledges $100 Million Military Aid Package During Visit to Ukraine

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese pledged more military aid for Ukraine during a historic visit to the war-torn country.

At a press conference, Albanese announced A$99.5 million (US$67.74) in military assistance, including 14 armored personnel carriers and 20 Bushmaster vehicles, to Ukraine.

Albanese also said that Australia would give A$8.7 million (US$5.92 million) to assist Ukraine’s Border Guard Service.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that his defenders “highly appreciated” the aid.

“We must strengthen international cooperation in order to break Russia’s aggressive potential. We must increase the sanctions pressure on the aggressor. I am grateful to Australia for its firm, unyielding position on this issue,” Zelensky said.

The announcement came after Albanese visited Bucha, Gostomel, and Irpin — three towns in the Kyiv region where evidence of mass killings and torture were uncovered after Russian troops had withdrawn.

Albanese “was shocked by what he saw: destroyed civilian houses, traces of mines, the destroyed Antonova airport,” Kyiv Governor Oleksii Kuleba said on social media.

Photos showed Albanese accompanied by others walking past a residential building with shattered windows and standing in what appeared to be a ruined aircraft hangar.

“Russia’s brutal invasion is a gross violation of international law. I saw first-hand the devastation and trauma it has inflicted on the people of Ukraine,” Albanese said.

“My visit to Ukraine sends a clear message that democratic nations like Australia will stand with the Ukrainian people in their time of need,” Albanese also said.

Albanese also announced a ban on Russian gold imports and sanctioned 16 additional Russian ministers and oligarchs, bringing the total number of Russians sanctioned by Australia to 843.

Albanese is the first Australian prime minister to visit Ukraine.

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