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The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Minister's Press Office - (02) 6277 7744
The Hon Richard Marles MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Defence
27 October 2022
Australia continues to stand with the people of Ukraine and will provide additional support measures in response to Russia’s ongoing violation of international law.
Australia will provide an additional 30 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles to Ukraine, bringing the total number of gifted Bushmasters to 90.
Australia will also join other partners providing critical training to Ukrainian troops. A contingent of up to 70 ADF personnel will deploy to the United Kingdom in January 2023 as part of the UK’s Operation INTERFLEX. No ADF personnel will enter Ukraine.
The Australian contingent will help generate additional capacity within the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Australia has provided Ukraine with a total of approximately $655 million in support, including $475 million in military assistance. This commitment demonstrates Australia’s continued support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Quotes attributable to the Prime Minister:
“Australia has been unequivocal in its bipartisan support for Ukraine and its condemnation of President Putin.”
“We will continue to stand up for freedom and democracy.”
“This is a not just about Ukraine’s sovereignty; the brave people of Ukraine are defending international law, rules and norms.”
Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister Marles:
“Our soldiers will be part of a large training program in the United Kingdom to help prepare their Ukrainian mates for their struggle against Russia’s unwarranted and unlawful aggression.”
“Since their arrival, the Bushmasters have been used extensively by the Ukrainian Armed Forces with more requested by the Ukrainian President, Minister for Defence, and the Ambassador.”
“Military assistance has been the centrepiece of Australia’s support to Ukraine with $475 million provided, to assist in what is clearly a protracted conflict.”
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