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Australia Announces $65M Military Aid for Ukraine

Canberra is investing 100 million Australian dollars ($65.6 million) to support Ukraine in its defense against Russia’s invasion.

Half of the aid will be allocated to military capabilities, with associated services to be provided by the Australian defense industry.

About 30 million Australian dollars ($19.7 million) of this will be used to procure drones, while 15 million Australian dollars ($9.8 million) will cover tactical equipment, including boots, combat helmets, fire masks, generators, and rigid hull inflatable boats.

The remaining funds will be spent on short-range air defense systems and air-to-ground precision munitions.

The government wrote that this investment increases the country’s total military assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces to 880 million Australian dollars ($578 million) since Moscow’s attack on Kyiv in 2022.

Maintaining Support for Ukraine

Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles announced the aid package during a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Deputy Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Ivan Havryliuk in Kyiv earlier this week.

During the visit, Marles observed training sessions of Ukrainian military recruits and toured local defense industry partners that have been supporting Kyiv’s resistance against Russia.

Marles also went to Warsaw and met with Polish counterpart Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz to tackle the “global implications” of Russia’s aggression in Eastern Europe.

He expressed gratitude to the Polish government for accommodating a Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft that assisted military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine for six months.

E-7A Wedgetail
The E-7A Wedgetail surveillance aircraft. Photo: Royal Australian Air Force

“Australia remains committed to supporting Ukraine to resolve the conflict on its terms,” Marles stated.

“Ukraine and its people have endured more than two years of Russia’s full-scale invasion but their spirit remains strong. This was reaffirmed during my meeting with Prime Minister Shmyhal.”

“Australia is proud to be working with our partners, including Poland, to support Ukraine’s self-defence.”

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