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Anthony Albanese in Ukraine: Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko thanks PM

Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko has thanked Anthony Albanese for making the trip to the nation’s capital of Kyiv, saying the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was “extremely happy to see him”.

Mr Myroshnychenko, who in June invited the Prime Minister to visit Ukraine after attending the NATO summit in Madrid, said the secret tour of three destroyed towns on Sunday was “not an easy one for him to make”, given logistics and security risks.

He said Mr Albanese had been welcomed “very warmly” by Mr Zelensky, with Australia pledging more than $100 million in military assistance and other aid to help Ukraine in its fight against Russia.

“I think it sends a very important signal to Russia to have the leaders of the western democracies visiting Ukraine and demonstrating their support,” Mr Myroshnychenko told ABC Radio on Monday.

“But with every trip, it’s not just solidarity, but it’s also assistance. It’s very important to make those trips, to be able to see what Russians have been doing in Ukraine (and) why Russia is so dangerous.

“I think it’s important that the world leaders see that with their own eyes.”

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