Why Australia WON’T be sending troops to help Ukraine fight Russian invasion
- Defence minister rules out providing Australian military support to the Ukraine
- Peter Dutton says European Nations and NATO have capacity at that level
- Will consider support in the form of sanctions and accepting displaced persons
- Described Russian president Vladimir Putin’s invasion as a wake up call to world
Australia has ruled out sending military support to the Ukraine after Russia launched its invasion of the European nation.
Dozens have been killed and wounded less than 24 hours after Russian president Vladimir Putin launched a large scale invasion, describing it as a ‘special military operation’ to – in his words – ‘denazify’ Ukraine.
Defence Minister Peter Dutton confirmed the government’s decision to not send Australian troops to the Ukraine still stands, adding the time to train people up on equipment has passed.
Any support Australia provides will be in the form of sanctions and accepting displaced persons and refugees when the appropriate time draws closer.
The minister said the current focus is to ensuring the world stands united together as one to condemn President Putin’s actions.
The federal government has ruled out sending military troops (pictured) to help Ukraine
‘We’ve been very clear, we’re not sending troops to Ukraine. That’s been very clear. The European Nations and NATO itself have incredible capacity,’ Mr Dutton told Radio National on Friday.
‘There will be some assistance that can be provided and that will be something we talk about at the appropriate time.
‘Obviously, we’ve been in discussion with our allies and partners about what assistance could be provided pre and post any conflicts so we’ll work through all of that.
‘We have already made announcements about accommodating visa holders more quickly and putting those cases to the top of the pile and more that’s already been actioned by the Australian Border Force.’
‘So I think there’ll be various ways in which Australia could consider providing support and at the moment though we’re determined to make sure that the world stands as one to condemn the actions and see President Putin withdraw as quickly as possible.
Dozens have been killed and wounded less than 24 hours after Russia invaded Ukraine
Mr Dutton described Putin’s actions in the last 24 hours as a wake up call to the rest of the world.
‘It’s clear that President Putin has had this invasion in mind for some time and it should be an alarm bell – it should be a wake up call to not only Europe, but to the rest of the world, including Australia that we shouldn’t take the peace we’ve had since the Cold War for granted,’ Mr Dutton said.
He urged Australians still stuck in the Ukraine to flee if they can, where more than 100,000 people have already been displaced.
‘Now there are some Australian citizens, who are in some cases dual citizens or have these sort of arrangements in the Ukraine, they’re deeply embedded … there are numerous reasons, legitimate reasons, as to why they haven’t wanted to move but if people can make their way safely to a border, our advice would be to do that,’ Mr Dutton said.
‘For some people depending on where they are, it may be safe for them to stay in a bunker or stay where they are in situ because it’s obviously a very volatile environment.’
Defence minister Peter Dutton (pictured) said Australian will consider providing support to Ukraine in the form of sanctions and accepting displaced persons and refugees
Earlier on Friday, the minister called out Chinese President Xi Jinping as the one man who could reign in ‘madman’ Putin.
The minister hammered the Chinese leader for failing to exert pressure on Putin in a series of radio and television interviews.
There’s one leader in the world, frankly, who can exert pressure on President Putin and that is President Xi,’ Mr Dutton told the Today show.
‘China and Russia have entered into this, frankly, unholy alliance and President Xi has a lot of power that he can exert over President Putin.
He’s chosen not to do that, and the world should observe that very closely because the human cost will sit squarely on Mr Putin’s shoulders.’
Australia won’t be sending troops to the Ukraine and will look at providing alternative support