Australia strongly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We condemn Russia's unilateral, illegal and immoral aggression against the people of Ukraine and we have consistently called on Russia to immediately withdraw its forces from Ukrainian territory.
Prime Minister Albanese’s visit to Kyiv on 3 July 2022 sent a clear message that Australia will stand side-by-side with the Ukrainian people in their time of need.
The invasion is a gross violation of international law.
On 26 June 2023 the Australian Government announced it will provide a new $110 million assistance package to Ukraine. This assistance will help Ukraine defend and support itself against Russia’s unprovoked invasion.
Australia has stood with Ukraine since Russia’s brutal invasion 16 months ago. We are continuing to work with the government of Ukraine to provide assistance that addresses Ukraine’s needs and complements support provided by our partners.
This package responds to Ukraine’s requests for vehicles and ammunition, and will make a tangible difference on the battlefield. It includes:
- 70 military vehicles, including: 28 M113 armoured vehicles, 14 Special Operations Vehicles, and 28 MAN 40M medium trucks and 14 trailers.
- Supply of 105mm artillery ammunition.
- $10 million to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, who manage the Ukrainian Humanitarian Fund, to help meet needs for shelter, health services, clean water and sanitation.
Ukrainian families, the elderly and children have borne a terrible cost from Russia’s invasion. Australia’s $10 million contribution to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund will support their needs.
In addition, Australia will extend duty-free access for goods imported from Ukraine for a further 12 months, to support its recovery and trade opportunities.
These commitments bring Australia's total contribution in support of Ukraine to $790 million, including $610 million in military assistance.
We are also determined to hold Russia accountable for its actions. For example, Australia committed $1 million to the International Criminal Court, to support its investigation into the situation in Ukraine.
With regard to Russia’s diplomatic presence in Australia, we are not excluding any options at this time. However, we recognise that diplomatic channels are important in enabling vital communication to occur. This has been the case during other periods of conflict.