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Australia sending 30 more Bushmasters to Ukraine

Australian Bushmaster vehicles for Ukraine
Australian defense ministry file photo of one of the Bushmaster vehicles being transferred to Ukraine

Australia has pledged to supply an additional 30 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles to Ukraine, as announced by the Australian government on July 12.

Following his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the NATO summit in Lithuania, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese solidified the commitment by announcing Australia’s decision to supply an additional 30 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles to Ukraine.

With an initial commitment of 90 protected mobility vehicles, Australia has now raised its provision of Bushmasters to Ukraine to a total of 120. This increased support elevates the total military assistance provided to Ukraine to over $710 million (approx. $478.530 million USD).

Overall, Australia’s assistance to Ukraine now stands at approximately $890 million (approx. $599.959 million USD), as stated in the official announcement.

This decision follows the recent gifting of 70 assorted highly capable military vehicles, a supply of critical 105mm ammunition, and a $10 million (approx. $7 million USD) contribution to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund announced by Australia in late June.

“We are proud to provide additional Bushmaster vehicles to assist the brave men and women fighting for their home and their nation’s sovereignty,” said Prime Minister Albanese.
“Russia unilaterally launched this illegal and immoral invasion and should withdraw its troops and end the conflict immediately,” he added

Australia’s dedication to supporting Ukraine has further expanded with the recent commitment to deploy a Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail aircraft to Germany.

This deployment, spanning approximately six months starting in October, aims to safeguard a vital gateway for international humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine.

With up to 100 crew and support personnel involved, Australia’s involvement strengthens its commitment to assisting Ukraine and contributing to the region’s stability, stated the Australian government.