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Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky invites Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to visit war-torn Kyiv

Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia is hopeful Anthony Albanese will soon visit Kyiv to witness firsthand the destruction wrought by Vladimir Putin’s forces.

Vasyl Myroshnychenko, who was posted to Canberra in April, sent an invitation to the Prime Minister from Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky after Labor’s election win.

The earliest opportunity for the visit, the first by an Australian PM, would be if Mr Albanese attends a NATO summit in Madrid later this month.

Mr Zelensky’s letter to Mr Albanese expressed confidence Australia would continue to provide “invaluable” military support and expressed hope the country would be part of the reconstruction of Ukraine.

Vasyl Myroshnychenko was posted to Canberra in April.
Camera IconVasyl Myroshnychenko was posted to Canberra in April. Credit: Andrew Taylor/Andrew Taylor

Speaking at the Ukrainian embassy in Canberra, Mr Myroshnychenko told The West: “Are there any other global issue which will be more important than Ukraine now?

“So if not now, then when (will Mr Albanese visit Ukraine)?

“And if he comes, it’s going to be the first trip ever by a Prime Minister of Australia to Ukraine. That’s going to be totally historic.

“If he comes, he’s going be hosted by the President. Mr Zelensky is now in high demand, but I’m sure he would make himself available for Prime Minister Albanese.”

Mr Myroshnychenko, who met with the Department of Defence this week, said Ukraine needed more military assistance from Australia to counter Russia’s assault, which is concentrated on the eastern Donbas region.

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