Russian invasion: Ukraine Ministry of Defence thanks Australia for military aid and Bushmasters


Ukrainian army releases bizarre propaganda video thanking Australia for its help stopping Russian ‘pests’ with Bushmaster trucks and weapons… and also for Steve Irwin, Kylie Minogue and Shane Warne

  • War-torn Ukraine has shown its appreciation for military support from Australia
  • Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence shared video celebrating Australia’s biggest icons
  • Declared its Bushmaster military vehicles as Australia’s next big export
  • Australia to extend military support to Ukraine in wake of latest attack by Russia 

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence has paid tribute to Australia’s military assistance with a bizarre video celebrating some of our national treasures in a heartwarming message.

Australia was one of the first countries to provide combat vehicle and economic support when Ukraine was invaded by Russia in February.

As war-torn Ukraine reels from the latest missile attack on a crowded shopping centre which claimed the lives of 18 civilians, the nation thanked Australia for its support and weapons, which have helped control Russian ‘pests’ from causing more carnage.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence uploaded a 48 second video star-studded with some Australia’s most loved icons, including pop princess Kylie Minogue, actor Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee, late cricketer Shane Warne, and late wildlife warrior Steve Irwin. 

Actor Russel Crowe, Nick Cave, Dame Edna Everage, several kangaroos and even cult children’s television character Bluey also make an appearance.

The video declares Ukraine’s Bushmasters donated by Australia as the next biggest export to come from Down Under with footage of the combat vehicles in action.

Ukraine's Ministry of Defence has celebrated Australia's icons in a new video, including Kylie Minogue (pictured)

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence has celebrated Australia’s icons in a new video, including Kylie Minogue (pictured)

‘World culture has been long enriched by fine Australian exports and now Ukraine is being saved by them,’ the video states.

‘A land under attack owes much to the land down under.’

Australia is a major non-NATO supplier of military aid to the Ukraine.

‘Australia is so far from Ukraine, yet is one our closest partners! Our nations share a love of freedom and respect for the environment. Your weapons will help us with pest control of our fields. Thank you!’ the ministry tweeted.

The video posted on Wednesday has sparked a heartwarming response back home.

‘Our pleasure and hopefully we can send you more assistance from the land down under,’ one Aussie commented.

Many called for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to announce more military support  to the Ukraine as Russia’s bloody invasion enters its fifth month.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko called for more Bushmaster vehicles to be delivered to the eastern European nation.

Mr Albanese is currently in Spain for the NATO leaders summit, where the war in Ukraine will be one of the the biggest issues on the agenda.

Others responded to the video with a sense a humour.

‘Thanks, and glad to help – and you should see our next batch of weapons,’ one Aussie captioned a photo of a massive crocodile.

Ukraine's Ministry of Defence declared its Bushmasters as Australia's next biggest export

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence declared its Bushmasters as Australia’s next biggest export

The work of late wildlife warrior Steve Irwin (pictured) was also celebrated in the video

The work of late wildlife warrior Steve Irwin (pictured) was also celebrated in the video

Opposition Leader and former defence minister Peter Dutton agreed there’s ‘an unbreakable bond’ has developed between Australia and Ukraine.

‘The Ukrainians have shown incredible spirit, almost like an Anzac spirit that we would know in our country,’ he said.

‘I think our two countries now are joined forever because of the support that we provided, the respect that we’ve shown them, and I think that support should continue and I’m sure it will under this government.

Around 20 Bushmaster vehicles which were donated by the Australian government to Ukrainian military forces since early April.

The armoured vehicles were repainted olive green with Ukraine’s flag stencilled on each side.

The words ‘United with Ukraine’ were emblazoned on the vehicles in both English Ukrainian in a pledge of solidarity.

The vehicles were fitted with radios, a global positioning system and additional bolt-on armour, along with protection against mines, artillery shrapnel and small arms fire.

The military support was the result of a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy after he addressed federal parliament in March. 

Australia is a major non-NATO supplier of military aid to the Ukraine, which has paid tribute

 Australia is a major non-NATO supplier of military aid to the Ukraine, which has paid tribute

Mr Albanese reiterated its support for the Ukraine on Tuesday condemnation of Russian president Vladimir Putin as NATO boosted its defence troops to more than 300,000 in the Ukraine.

‘We have no alternative but to stand up against Vladimir Putin’s aggression,’ he said.

‘If we don’t do that, the consequences for the international rule of law and the relationship between nation states which are sovereign, particular in Europe are dire indeed and the consequences of that extend to our region as well.

The Prime Minister also revealed Australia is one of several Western nations looking to reopen its embassy in Kyiv.

Dame Edna (pictured) also stars in the video from Ukraine paying tribute to Australia

Dame Edna (pictured) also stars in the video from Ukraine paying tribute to Australia

The Australian embassy in the Ukrainian capital was shut down by the former Scott Morrison government shortly before Russian forces cross the border..

‘We would like to have a presence on the ground there to assist and to be able to provide that on-ground presence, and I’ll have more to say on that in coming days and weeks,’ Mr Albanese said.

‘We would like to have a presence on the ground there to assist and be able to provide that on-ground presence.’ 

Back home, Australia is looking for new ways to support Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion, according to the acting prime minister Richard Marles.

He said Australia had so far promised almost $300million worth of assistance to Ukraine, although not all had yet been handed over.

‘We’re also looking at additional ways in which we can support Ukraine,’ the Defence Minister told reporters this week.

‘While Ukraine is a long way from Australia, we really do see that the principles which are at stake in the conflict – which is essentially that the global rules-based order that Australia stands for and helped build and protect – needs to be protected everywhere.’

Ukraine's ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko called for more Bushmaster (pictured) vehicles to be delivered to the eastern European nation

Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko called for more Bushmaster (pictured) vehicles to be delivered to the eastern European nation

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