Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited war-ravaged Ukraine on Sunday and met locals at the sites of the Russian offensive. Albanese, who also met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, encountered both warmth and sadness of the Ukrainians impacted by more than 130 days of the Moscow-Kyiv war. According to ABC News, Australian embassy staffer Nadia Teriokhina elaborated to Albanese how her priority was to not get trapped behind the enemy lines when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the “special” operation in Ukraine on February 24.
She reportedly told the Australian PM that she counter herself among the lucky ones. Notably, just 10 minutes from Teriokhina’s home in Irpin, hundreds were massacred in Bucha, near Kyiv. She told Albanese, “We didn’t know what to do, how to behave or where to run…I said to my husband, ‘I just don’t want to be in the occupied territory,’ so we went to Kyiv.”
Albanese travelled under secrecy to Ukraine through Poland and transited the war-torn nation using an armoured diplomatic train which was seen being used by a range of other leaders. He travelled in a group of seven and as per the report, these included his social media photographer, foreign affairs adviser, national security adviser, a senior member of his department and one of his personal political staffers.
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