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March 2, 2022updated 23 Mar 2022 4:37am

Australia commits $51m to fund lethal defensive weapons for Ukraine

The government will also send non-lethal military equipment and medical supplies to Ukraine.

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The Government of Australia has committed approximately $51m (A$70m) in lethal military assistance for Ukraine.

In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the military aid will support the delivery of missiles and weapons that will be used in the defence of Ukraine.

The defence materiel will be delivered soon.

Australia will also provide a range of non-lethal military equipment and medical supplies, following a special request from the Ukrainian Government.

Prime Minister Morrison said: “Our contributions will complement actions taken by partners such as the UK, the US, Canada, the European Union, and other European nations, each of which we welcome.

“We will work with, and through, our closest partners and allies to supplement the already substantial support from the international community.”

The government has also allocated an initial $25.44m (A$35m) as humanitarian aid. This will be used to supply lifesaving services such as food, medical care, water, and shelter for the Ukrainian people.

Morrison added: “The cost of Russia’s aggression is being borne by innocent Ukrainians. This is a challenge the international community will meet, and Australia stands ready to provide further humanitarian assistance to support the people of Ukraine, including those fleeing to neighbouring countries.”

Several countries have committed or have started supplying military aid to Ukraine, after it was invaded by Russia.

Earlier this week, Finland said that it will send arms, rifles, and anti-tank weapons to Ukraine.

The US has also recently committed an additional $350m worth of weapons and ammunition for the country.

The German air force has said that its warplanes are conducting armed air patrols over Poland.

 “Safeguarding the skies over Poland,” the aerial warfare branch of Bundeswehr said in a Twitter post, without elaborating other details.

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