ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER
SENATOR PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
President Putin’s decision to launch an invasion of Ukraine in the past hours marks a grave moment for humanity.
All Australians stand with the people of Ukraine, and are united in condemnation of Russia’s shameful act of aggression.
This attack is wholly unprovoked and without justification. Russia alone is the aggressor, and Russia alone bears responsibility for the bloodshed and suffering that will follow.
As US President Biden has said, the world is ready to respond with unity, clarity, and conviction.
Australia must stand united with our allies, in holding Russia to account.
This is not just an attack on Ukraine, it is also a contemptuous attack on one of the core principles of the post-World War II order, which is that all UN members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.
Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people, and all Australians of Ukrainian heritage.
Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.