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Russian invasion: Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense thanks Australia for military aid and Bushmasters

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Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has paid tribute to Australian military aid with a bizarre video celebrating some of our national treasures in a heartwarming message.

Australia was one of the first countries to provide combat vehicles and economic support when Ukraine was invaded by Russia in February.

As war-torn Ukraine reels from the latest rocket attack on a busy shopping center that killed 18 civilians, the nation thanked Australia for its support and weapons, which have helped control Russia’s “plagues” and cause more carnage.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has uploaded a 48-second video featuring some of Australia’s most beloved icons, including pop princess Kylie Minogue, actor Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee, the late cricketer Shane Warne and the late wildlife fighter Steve Irwin.

Actor Russell Crowe, Nick Cave, Dame Edna Everage, various kangaroos and even cult children’s television character Bluey also make an appearance.

The video explains Ukraine’s Bushmasters donated by Australia as the second largest export to come from Down Under with images of the combat vehicles in action.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has celebrated Australian icons in a new video, including Kylie Minogue (pictured)

“World culture has long been enriched by fine Australian exports and now Ukraine is being saved by them,” the video reads.

“A country under attack owes a lot to the country down under.”

Australia is a major non-NATO supplier of military aid to Ukraine.

‘Australia is so far from Ukraine, yet it is one of our closest partners! Our nations share a love of freedom and respect for the environment. Your weapons will help us in the pest control of our fields. Thank you!’ the ministry tweeted.

The video posted on Wednesday sparked heartwarming reactions at home.

“It’s our pleasure and hopefully we can send you more help from the country down under,” commented one Aussie.

Many called on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to announce increased military aid to Ukraine as Russia’s bloody invasion enters its fifth month.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko called for more Bushmaster vehicles to be delivered to the Eastern European country.

Mr Albanese is currently in Spain for the NATO leaders’ summit, where the war in Ukraine will be one of the biggest issues on the agenda.

Others reacted to the video with a sense of humor.

“Thank you and happy to help – and you should see our next batch of weapons,” one Aussie wrote over a photo of a huge crocodile.

Ukraine's Ministry of Defense has declared its Bushmasters Australia's second largest export

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has declared its Bushmasters Australia’s second largest export

The work of the late wildlife warrior Steve Irwin (pictured) was also celebrated in the video

The work of the late wildlife warrior Steve Irwin (pictured) was also celebrated in the video

Opposition leader and former Defense Secretary Peter Dutton agreed that an “unbreakable bond” has been formed between Australia and Ukraine.

“The Ukrainians have shown an incredible spirit, almost like an Anzac spirit that we would know in our country,” he said.

“I think that our two countries are now united forever because of the support we have given, the respect we have shown them, and I think that support must continue and I am sure it will continue under this administration.

About 20 Bushmaster vehicles donated to the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the Australian government since early April.

The armored vehicles were repainted olive green with the flag of Ukraine on each side.

The words “United with Ukraine” were affixed to the vehicles in Ukrainian English as a pledge of solidarity.

The vehicles were equipped with radios, a global positioning system and additional bolt-on armor, along with protection against mines, artillery shrapnel and small arms fire.

The military support was the result of a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy after addressing the federal parliament in March.

Australia is a major non-NATO provider of military aid to Ukraine, paying tribute

Australia is a major non-NATO provider of military aid to Ukraine, paying tribute

Mr Albanian on Tuesday reiterated his support for Ukraine and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin when NATO increased its defense forces to more than 300,000 in Ukraine.

“We have no choice but to stand up to Vladimir Putin’s aggression,” he said.

“If we don’t, the consequences for the international legal order and the relationship between sovereign nation-states, especially in Europe, will indeed be dire and the consequences will extend to our region as well.

The prime minister also revealed that Australia is one of many Western countries looking to reopen its embassy in Kiev.

Dame Edna (pictured) also stars in Ukraine's video as a tribute to Australia

Dame Edna (pictured) also stars in Ukraine’s video as a tribute to Australia

The Australian embassy in the Ukrainian capital was closed by the former Scott Morrison government shortly before Russian troops crossed the border.

“We would like to be on the ground to assist and to be able to provide that presence on the ground, and I will have more to say about that in the coming days and weeks,” Mr Albanese said.

‘We would like to be there on the ground to help and provide that presence on the ground.’

Returning home, Australia is looking for new ways to support Ukraine in the wake of Russian invasion, acting prime minister said Richard Marles.

He said Australia had pledged nearly $300 million in aid to Ukraine so far, though not everything had been handed over yet.

“We are also looking at other ways we can support Ukraine,” the defense minister told reporters this week.

“While Ukraine is a long way from Australia, we really see that the principles at stake in the conflict – which is essentially that the rules-based world order that Australia stands for and has helped build and protect – must be everywhere.” protected .’

Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko called for more Bushmaster vehicles (pictured) to be delivered to the Eastern European country

Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko called for more Bushmaster vehicles (pictured) to be delivered to the Eastern European country

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