The brand new prime minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, promised extra army assist and extra sanctions in opposition to Russia throughout a go to to Ukraine on Sunday that signaled continued resolve by liberal democracies to assist Ukraine’s effort to rebut the Russian invasion.
In a news conference in Kyiv, the capital, President Volodymyr Zelensky described the go to as the primary by an Australian prime minister to his nation throughout their historical past of diplomatic relations.
Mr. Albanese visited websites of Russian brutality in the course of the conflict, together with Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, the place Russian paratroopers executed at the least eight Ukrainian males, and Hostomel, a city 10 miles exterior Kyiv, the place Russian forces held tons of of civilians captive.
Australia plans to ship Ukraine extra armored autos and drones, amongst different provides, and ban imports of Russian gold, Mr. Albanese said.
“Australia is able to proceed offering assist to the Ukrainian state and its folks,” he stated, “for so long as it takes for Ukraine to realize a bonus and defend the legislation and order through which all of us exist.”
The Biden administration’s effort to ascertain a worldwide coalition of countries isolating Russia and aiding Ukraine has met resistance from international locations perceived by Washington as impartial like India and Brazil, but the U.S. and the European Union have discovered companions in not simply Australia however different nations together with Japan.