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Ukraine leader to address parliament

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is due to address Australia’s parliament as Russia’s invasion and military operations around the capital Kyiv stall.

But Mr Zelenskiy continues to plead with the West for more support to defend his country as the Kremlin is likely to focus its offensive on the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the country’s east, according to the United Kingdom’s defence ministry.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will both speak ahead of Mr Zelenskiy.

The prime minister flagged further aid for the embattled country to defend itself against Russia ahead of the address.

“I have no doubt that the Ukrainian president will make more requests and wherever Australia can practically help we have and we will and we will continue to stand with them,” Mr Morrison told SBS News.

The address comes a day after the Australian Senate passed a motion condemning Russia and countries facilitating the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine through economic and military support.

Mr Zelenskiy’s address will take place in the House of Representatives at 5.30pm AEDT on Thursday via video link.

with Reuters

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