Ukrainian president gives Aust uni address | TBEN



Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address students via video link next week to share his experiences as a world leader during war.

Mr Zelensky will also answer questions after his speech from the Australian National University on Wednesday.

Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt says the university stands in solidarity with Ukraine while the president’s leadership “continues to inspire the world”.

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“The Russian invasion of Ukraine poses a threat to the peace, freedom and democracy on which freedom of research and academic cooperation is based,” he said.

The event will be officially opened by ANU Chancellor and former Secretary of State Julie Bishop.

Six months after the Russian invasion, opposition Foreign Affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham described Ukraine’s response as “downright heroic”.

“The rest of the world is watching with admiration for what the Ukrainian people and leaders have been able to achieve,” he told Sky News.

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“We must be confident that they will be able to withstand Russia’s advance and we must be prepared to continue to support them with all our support.”

Senator Birmingham also appealed to the Albanian government to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of providing aid to the embattled nation, as it is currently Ukraine’s largest non-NATO supporter.

“The actions of (Russian President) Vladimir Putin are reprehensible. They deserve the strongest conviction,” he said.

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“I would urge other countries, such as China, to do more to get him to end this war against Ukraine.”



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