Ukraine says it raised its country’s flag on Snake Island

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited war-torn Ukraine on Sunday and met with locals at the sites of the Russian offensive. Albanese, who also met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, encountered both warmth and sadness from Ukrainians affected by more than 130 days of the Moscow-Kyiv war. Australian Embassy staff member Nadia Teriokhina told Albanese how her priority was not getting stuck behind enemy lines when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the ‘special’ operation, according to ABC News. in Ukraine on February 24.

She reportedly told the Australian Prime Minister that she counted 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 flee…I told my husband: ‘I just don’t want to be in the occupied territory’, so we went to Kyiv. .”

Albanese traveled to Ukraine in secret via Poland and transited through the war-torn nation using an armored diplomatic train that was seen in use by a series of other leaders. He traveled in a group of seven people and, according to the report, these included his social media photographer, his foreign affairs adviser, his national security adviser, a senior official from his department and one of his personal political collaborators.

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