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Australia’s Ukrainians welcome further sanctions against Russia, call on government to boost aid to Ukraine

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May 22,2023 778
Australia’s Ukrainians welcome further sanctions against Russia, call on government to boost aid to Ukraine

The Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations (AFUO), the Ukrainian World Congress member organization, has thanked Prime Minister Albanese for announcing additional sanctions against Russia but has warned that this will not be enough to “slow Russia’s war machine”  ozeukes.com reported. 

“It’s time for the Government to urgently review how it can step up and ensure the steady, consistent military support Ukraine needs to be able to defend itself and our common values. This is not the time to succumb to war fatigue. It is imperative for global security, peace and justice that Ukraine prevails,” said AFUO Co-Chairs, Stefan Romaniw and Kateryna Argyrou. 

On May 19th, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong officially announced financial sanctions and an export ban, targeting sectors of economic and strategic significance to Russia. 

“Australia stands with Ukraine. We pay tribute to the unwavering resilience and courage displayed by the Ukrainian people,” Albanese said. The new financial sanctions will target 21 entities and three individuals, including:

  • Subsidiaries of Russian state-owned atomic energy corporation Rosatom that are involved in nuclear research, infrastructure development and weapons manufacturing.
  • The Russian entity created to take over Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
  • Russia’s largest petroleum company Rosneft.
  • Russia’s largest gold company Polyus PJSC.
  • One of Russia’s largest steel companies Severstal PJSC.
  • Defence entities supporting Russia’s war.
  • Five Russian banks with operations across the Russian Federation

See full text of PM’s media release here

Photo: dw.com

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