Australia Promises to Send More Drones to Ukraine. PHOTO/Reuters
SYDNEY – Government Australia will send more drone to Ukraine. This step was taken to help the struggle Ukraine against Russia. Australia also imposed new targeted financial sanctions against 90 Russian individuals and 40 entities.
The latest sanctions targets include the Russian minister overseeing the energy, resources and industrial sectors, and key players in defense, including weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern, aerospace company Tupolev and submarine developer Admiralty Shipyards.
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“We continue to support Ukraine,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said in a statement Friday (24/2/2023), as quoted by AP.
“(Unmanned aerial systems) provide battlefield intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” he continued.
He did not specify how many drones would be delivered, which models would be selected for delivery, and whether they would be armed.
Meanwhile Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong told ABC television she would urge China to take steps to defuse the conflict.
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So far Australia has been supplying aid, ammunition and defense equipment to Ukraine and has banned exports of alumina and aluminum ores, including bauxite, to Russia.
Since the conflict began, Australia has provided around $340 million in military support to Ukraine. Australia has also deployed troops to Britain to help train Ukrainian troops there and has sanctioned more than 1,000 Russian individuals and entities.
Meanwhile, the United States will announce new sanctions against Russia on Friday, the White House said, when President Joe Biden virtually meets G7 leaders and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.