Statement on Ukraine

  • Media release
13 February 2022

Given the deteriorating security situation caused by the build up of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border, the Government has directed the departure of staff at the Australian Embassy in Kyiv and temporarily suspended operations at our Embassy in Kyiv.

We will be moving our operations to a temporary office in Lviv. 

We continue to advise Australians to leave Ukraine immediately by commercial means. Security conditions could change at short notice. 

Australians in Ukraine seeking consular assistance should call the Australian Government 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 or +61 2 6261 3305 outside Australia.

Russian military action in Ukraine will severely limit our ability to provide consular assistance to Australians.

Australia continues to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

We remain in close contact with our Five Eyes and other likeminded partners on the ground.

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