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Ukraine receives $5million in aid from Australians as war with Russia continues

Australians have given $5.1 million to a fund-raising campaign for emergency and humanitarian aid to Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict with Russia.

The Ukraine Crisis Appeal revealed Friday that nearly 10,000 Aussies had donated to the cause.

This enabled the call to provide regular aid to Ukrainians, including food parcels, medicines, hygiene kits, bedding, humanitarian supplies and support programs.

Volunteers have personally distributed supplies and aid to people in war-torn areas.

The donation milestone marked nearly four months since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Aussies have donated more than $5.1 million to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal, which has provided regular aid to Ukraine four months after the country was invaded by Russia

Aussies have donated more than $5.1 million to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal, which has provided regular aid to Ukraine four months after the country was invaded by Russia

The funds have provided food parcels, medicines, hygiene kits, bedding, humanitarian supplies and support programs to Ukrainians

The funds have provided food parcels, medicines, hygiene kits, bedding, humanitarian supplies and support programs to Ukrainians

The Ukraine Crisis Appeal is a collaboration between the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations, Rotary Australia World Community Service and Caritas Ukraine.

It was founded in 2015, but increased efforts to provide aid to Ukraine after Russia’s invasion.

Liz Paslawsky, who chairs the International Coordination of Medical Supplies to Ukraine on behalf of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations, said Australian donors had provided more than $2 million worth of medical supplies.

“We are eternally grateful for the generosity, support and kindness of so many individuals and organizations across Australia,” said Ms Paslawsky.

She has personally coordinated volunteers in Australia and Europe and oversaw the relief efforts of 60 donors, including hospitals.

Ms Paslawsky claimed that medical assistance is a priority for Ukraine as an increasing number of civilians are injured in the war or do not have access to basic medical supplies for illnesses.

Medical supplies and resources such as ambulances have also declined as a result of Russian attacks.

A report from the United Kingdom Humanitarian Innovation Hub shows that humanitarian work by local groups such as Ms Paslawsky has been more effective in helping Ukrainians than global organizations.

The contributions from the Ukraine Crisis Appeal come as Sydney-based medical technology company Device Technologies also donated 140 medical kits to hospitals in Ukraine to treat up to 750 patients with serious injuries.

Volunteers have personally distributed supplies, including medical supplies, food and water, to people in war-torn areas

Volunteers have personally distributed supplies, including medical supplies, food and water, to people in war-torn areas

Medical assistance is a priority for Ukraine as more civilians are injured by Russian attacks or have no access to basic medicines for diseases.  Medical supplies in the country have declined

Medical assistance is a priority for Ukraine as more civilians are injured by Russian attacks or have no access to basic medicines for diseases. Medical supplies in the country have declined

Donations to Ukraine skyrocketed at the start of the invasion, but declined as the war progressed over the next few months.

Volunteers argue there is potential ‘fatigue’ among donors as conflict between the two nations appears to be never-ending, reports The Sydney Morning Herald

Stefan Romaniw, co-chair of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations, said: “Australia must be vigilant to ensure that Ukraine does not become fatigued as the war continues and people continue to die.”

“Ultimately, if Ukraine wins, the world wins. If Ukraine loses, we all lose. So we have to fight on.’

Romaniw expressed hope that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese would travel to Kiev to support Ukraine after receiving a formal invitation from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“People don’t fully realize the importance of Australia. If Albanian were in Kiev, it would be a huge statement – that someone from thousands of miles had come to support us.’

Anthony Albanese (pictured) said 'security issues' should be considered before visiting Ukraine after receiving a formal invitation from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Anthony Albanese (pictured) said ‘security issues’ should be considered before visiting Ukraine after receiving a formal invitation from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The Australian government donated 20 Bushmaster vehicles to Ukraine, among other things, with military aid.  (Pictured: A Bushmaster vehicle being checked by technicians)

The Australian government donated 20 Bushmaster vehicles to Ukraine, among other things, with military aid. (Pictured: A Bushmaster vehicle being checked by technicians)

The prime minister said security issues should be considered before accepting the invitation after his first national cabinet meeting on Friday.

“I will seek appropriate advice and of course there are also security concerns in terms of such a visit,” Mr Albanese said.

“I appreciate the spirit in which it has been presented. We will continue to stand behind the people of Ukraine.”

Since the start of the invasion, the Australian government has supplied Ukraine with 20 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, six 155mm howitzers and ammunition, 14 protected weapons systems, anti-armor weapons and ammunition, military equipment, combat rations and medical supplies.

An additional 20 Bushmaster vehicles and 14 armored personnel carriers will be dispatched shortly.

Australia’s contribution to Ukraine totals more than $285 million.

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