Australia to send Ukraine reconnaissance drones
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Australia plans to transfer $33 million worth of drones to the Armed Forces to Ukraine, along with introducing new sanctions against Russia, Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said on Feb. 23, as reported by Australian TV broadcaster ABC.
"This support will provide a battlefield intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to the Ukrainian Armed Forces as they continue to fight against the unwarranted aggression of Russia," Marles said.
To date, Australia has provided more than half a billion dollars in military assistance, including 90 Bushmaster armored personnel carriers, artillery, and ammunition.
"Australia is imposing additional sanctions, targeting those in the Russian government who are helping prolong this war, those financing this war, and those spreading mistruths to justify this war," said Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
The minister added that Australia's sanctions policy against Russia is robust and reflects the support of the Ukrainian people and fundamental international norms of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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