Stefan Romaniw: three main aspects of aid to Ukraine

October 31,2023 714
Stefan Romaniw: three main aspects of aid to Ukraine

Stefan Romaniw, First Vice President of the Ukrainian World Congress and Co-Chair of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations (AFUO), visited Ukraine and called on Canberra to help Kyiv in three aspects. 

Currently, Ukraine most needs the supply of critical defensive equipment such as drones, demining, and medivac vehicles, Romaniw says. Medical and social support for Ukrainians impacted by the war, and rebuilding initiatives led by business and local government are also needed, the First UWC Vice-President added.

Ukraine knows it will win this war, but it needs the right sort of assistance to continue fighting and supporting Ukrainians impacted by Russia’s war,” Romaniw emphasized.

Stefan Romaniw thanked Australia for the aid package developed by Australian defense companies. This support to Ukraine from Australian manufacturers was delivered by the Anthony Albanese government last week. In addition, the UWC First Vice President noted the decision of Canberra to transfer the aviation complex of radar detection and guidance to Europe to help Ukraine.

The consequences of the Russian war for the social and mental health of Ukrainians are significant, Romaniw said. Treating trauma is critical, as is providing support to millions of internally displaced persons, children and veterans, and helping communities cope with the collective grief of losing so many friends and family.

Australia has already started helping Ukraine in this area — there are currently seven Ukrainian mental health professionals in Australia on a DFAT-funded study tour looking at local mental health services and the use of digital apps in the provision of front-line support,” Romaniw explained.

Also, medical assistance is important for Ukraine – according to estimates, there are currently 20,000 to 50,000 people with amputations in Ukraine, the UWC First Vice President added.

Ukraine is also interested in developing partnerships with Australian businesses, chambers of commerce, and local authorities to help rebuild destroyed cities and the necessary infrastructure.

As Ukraine rebuilds, it will need capital but also advice about best practice and how to build modern, sustainable cities. Australian businesses and local councils have a lot of knowledge and expertise in this area,” Romaniw concluded. 

Stefan Romaniw visited Ukraine from October 10 to 15. He met with the Office of the President of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and various cultural, public, and business organizations.