Ukraine offers Australia help to combat wildfires, ready to send 200 seasoned firefighters

16:50, 07 January 2020
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"The Ukrainian government has informed the Australian side of its readiness to send about 200 specially trained workers of the State Emergency Service. The Ukrainian side has informed Australia of their readiness to arrive at the scene of the tragedy within 24-36 hours with the needed equipment on a specially chartered long-hauled aircraft," Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov said on Facebook on January 6.

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"The fires in Australia have not left the Ukrainians indifferent," he added.

According to the minister, the Ukrainian authorities are waiting for the Australian government's feedback.

The wildfires in Australia have ravaged roughly 12.4 million acres of land and killed at least 24 people and millions of birds, reptiles, and mammals.

On January 6, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said that the Ukrainian government was ready, if necessary, to help Australia battle the flames. What is more, the Embassy of Ukraine in that country is in constant contact with the Australian government and local authorities to identify whether there are Ukrainian citizens among the victims.

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