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Australia to Provide $2Mln to Ukraine’s Armed Forces

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott meet at the federal government office in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Poroshenko will travel to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne during his two-day visit. | Julian Smith, Pool AP Photo ›‹ "Please stop the fire. Please release the hostages. Please withdraw your troops from my territory. Please close the border," Poroshenko said during a press conference in Melbourne. "And I promise if you close the border, within one, two, three weeks, we have peace and stability in Ukraine. Very simple." Australia and Ukraine have formed close ties over the Flight 17 disaster, which killed everyone on board, including 38 Australian citizens and residents. Abbott and other Western leaders have accused Russia of providing military support for those Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article4416216.html#storylink=cpy
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott meet at the federal government office in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Poroshenko will travel to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne during his two-day visit. | Julian Smith, Pool AP Photo

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday pledged to provide over two million dollars to Ukraine’s armed forces, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s press service said.

“Tony Abbott announced the decision to provide help to the armed forces of Ukraine in the amount of more than two million dollars,” a release published on the president’s website said.
The statement also said that Australia will give Ukraine $100 million within the framework of IMF (International Monetary Fund) assistance.
According to the press release, the leaders of the two countries also discussed the possibility of using Australian uranium for Ukrainian nuclear plants.
In the course of the meeting with Abbott, Poroshenko declared that the opening of the Australian embassy in Kiev next year would boost cooperation between Ukraine and Australia.
Poroshenko arrived in Australia on a state visit Thursday. The visit, which will be through December 13, also saw an agreement reached between Abbott and Poroshenko on starting cooperation in the field of energy, the statement said.
Ukraine has been caught up in a profound political and economic crisis since the overthrow of former President Viktor Yanukovych during a coup in February. People in eastern Ukraine refused to accept the legitimacy of the coup-installed government, which led the authorities to launch a military operation in April, and the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk to proclaim themselves sovereign states.
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