On Saturday, Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister of Australia, vowed military aid to Kyiv, including armored drones and vehicles. Albanese was on his official tour to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Ukrainian capital. At a press conference in Kyiv, Albanese said his government would give Kyiv a hundred million dollars of military aid, but he didn’t specify Australian or U.S. dollars. However, this amount in Australian dollars would equal $68 million.
While meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Sunday, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese agreed to further provide military assistance to Ukraine, including 20 Bushmaster armored vehicles, and 14 armored personnel carriers.#Ukraine #Australia pic.twitter.com/1wkwT7ogNM
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Albanese indicated that his country would donate additional military equipment as the Ukrainian President requested, including twenty Bushmaster armored vehicles, fourteen armored personnel carriers, and many drones. On the other hand, Zelensky said that Australia was giving Kyiv considerable military support and the Ukrainian military highly valued the Bushmaster vehicle. In addition, the Australian Prime Minister toured the towns of Irpin and Bucha, where Russian troops suspected of committing war crimes, and also visited the airport at Gostomel northwest of Kyiv.
Albanese Paid Tribute to Zelensky
The Australian PM paid tribute to the bravery, determination, and resilience of Ukrainian President Zelensky, his defense forces, and Ukrainians. Further, he said they were determined to survive against the bully, violating global norms and laws without incitement or any excuse. Albanese said that Russian leader Vladimir Putin would get the reception he deserves if he joined the upcoming Group of Twenty (G-20) summit in November in Bali, as the country suggested to attend it.
According to the Australian politician, “if President Putin attends that summit, then he will receive a reception he does not deserve… that is not the reception he deserves, which is that of someone who respects the international rule of law.” In the same breath, Albanese noted that he could not imagine Australia boycotting the event while saying that “we believe in isolating Russia as much as possible.” Albanese spoke in Ukraine after meeting the French President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, on Friday.