Update: March 20, 2022 06:03 STI
Canberra [Australia]March 20 (ANI/Sputnik): Australia is allocating an additional $15.5 million in military aid to Kyiv and will also provide Ukraine with $22 million in emergency humanitarian aid, the Australian government announced on Sunday .
“Following discussions between the Prime Minister [Scott Morrison] and the Minister of Defense [Peter Dutton] and their Ukrainian counterparts, it is clear that Ukraine’s need for military assistance remains urgent and ongoing. In response, Defense developed an additional $21 million [about 15.5 USD] defensive military support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which will bring Australia’s total military assistance to date to $91 million,” the Australian government said in a statement released by the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
According to the statement, the military aid will include “additional equipment from Australian Defense Force stocks”.
Australia is also providing additional humanitarian aid to Kyiv, the Australian government has said.
“Today the Morrison government is committing an additional AUD 30 million [22.2 USD] in emergency humanitarian aid. This contribution will focus on protecting women, children, older people and people with disabilities, and brings the total we have committed so far to A$65 million,” the government statement said.
Australia is also allocating funds through non-governmental organizations under the Australian Humanitarian Partnership, as well as the United Nations Population Fund and the World Food Programme, to support civilians in Ukraine.
In the early hours of February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine after the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) appealed for help to defend against Kyiv forces. Russia has declared that the purpose of its special operation is to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine and that only military infrastructure is targeted – the civilian population is not in danger. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it does not plan to occupy Ukraine. (ANI/Sputnik)