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Bushmaster armored personnel carrier
Australia will send Bushmaster armored personnel carriers to Ukraine, announced Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Earlier, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky asked Australia to supply armored vehicles.
“We're going to send our armored personnel carriers, our Bushmaster,” — Morrison quotes ABC.
He did not specify how many Bushmaster armored personnel carriers will be sent to Ukraine and when.
This decision was a response to the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who addressed the Australian Parliament via video link on March 31, writes ABC.
“For example, you have very good Bushmaster armored personnel carriers, which could significantly help Ukraine, and other equipment that could strengthen our positions,” — Zelensky said.
Bushmaster— Australian-made armored personnel carrier designed to transport and quickly deploy up to ten soldiers in any terrain. It holds three days' worth of fuel and supplies and has a tire inflation system that allows you to keep driving with punctures. Australia used these armored personnel carriers in Iraq and Afghanistan, writes ABC.
The publication also cites the opinion of retired Australian Army Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, who says that Australia has “extra” bushmaster. “Other countries have them in service in small numbers, but, frankly, we have more of them than we need,” & mdash; he said, specifying that Australia has “about 1,000” such armored personnel carriers.
Western countries provide military support to Ukraine against the backdrop of a Russian special operation. In mid-March, US President Joe Biden announced that Washington would supply Kiev with small arms, ammunition, air defense systems (air defenses), anti-tank systems (ATGMs) and drones.
The British authorities announced that they would transfer to Ukraine £25 million and 6 thousand missiles for military needs. Back in January, London transferred 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine and sent 30 soldiers of the Army Special Operations Brigade there to train the Ukrainian military. At the same time, non-NATO Sweden decided to supply Kiev with a batch of anti-tank weapons.
Against this background, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that any cargo in Ukraine that Moscow considers to be a supply of foreign weapons will become targets for Russian troops .
Russia is conducting a special operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine and to protect the population of Donbass from February 24. In this regard, Kyiv broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared martial law.
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