Printed on Wed Sep 28 2022 6:13:57 PM

Australia to spend $70 million to help Ukraine

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The Morrison government has signed off on some $70m to supply the Ukrainian resistance with weapons, including missiles and ammunition.

Scott Morrison confirmed the funding commitment after a meeting of the national security committee of cabinet on Tuesday as the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues.

“We will be committing $50 million USD to support lethal and non-lethal ammunition. The overwhelming majority of that will be in the lethal category,” Mr. Morrison told reporters.

Mr. Morrison refused to be drawn on the specifics of the funding, including how the weapons would be transported to Ukraine.

“We will be doing that in partnership with NATO. I’m not going to go into the specifics of that because I don’t plan to give the Russian government a heads up of what's coming there,” he said.

Mr. Morrison said Australia was answering the call of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who now famously turned down a US offer to evacuate him from Kyiv by saying he needed ammunition rather than “a ride”.
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