They discussed cooperation on Australia’s humanitarian aid to Ukraine in 2024.
The Vice Prime Minister thanked Bruce Edwards for his support of Ukraine. In total, Australia has provided $910 million in military and humanitarian aid since the start of the full-scale invasion. Including funds from the Australian Emergency Humanitarian Fund.
Additionally, sanctions were imposed on trade with russia, and exports to the aggressor country were banned.
The Australian ambassador admired the Ukrainian people’s resilience and the authorities’ coordinating work at all levels, from central to local. He also ensured the ongoing support of the Australian government and the Ukrainian diaspora in the country.
“Aid to Ukrainians will continue next year”, he said.
Iryna Vereshchuk encouraged not cutting aid to Ukraine. Instead, aid should be provided in a way that allows for long-term humanitarian planning.
The Vice Prime Minister also noted that to maximize impact, resources, and efforts should be focused on a small number of priority areas.
“If we know exactly how much and when we will have resources, we can plan our actions better and manage risks,” emphasized Iryna Vereshchuk.