No tanks, no jets: Australia sends $110m assistance to Ukraine
The Australian government has pledged an additional $110 million assistance package to Ukraine but has stopped short of offering main battle tanks or fast attack aircraft coveted by Ukrainian leadership.
Under the new assistance package, the war-torn country will receive 28 M113 armoured personnel carrier, 14 special operations vehicles, 28 MAN 40M medium trucks, 14 trailers and supplies of 105mm artillery ammunition.
The federal government has also announced funding donations of $10 million to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which manages the Ukrainian Humanitarian Fund for shelter, health services, clean water, and sanitation.
Australia will also extend duty free access for goods imported from Ukraine for a further 12 months to support recovery and trade opportunities. In total, Australia has now contributed around $790 million in military assistance to Ukraine.
Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said armed forces in Ukraine have highlighted the utility of Australian vehicles on the battlefield there.